Kirk Wynd (18)
Kirk Wynd once led to the Old Kirk in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle and the name has remained ever since.
Note the building on the corner of Kirk Wynd. This building was formerly known as the Free Church (1842) and was dedicated by Dr Wilson (see The Row) whilst on furlough (holiday) from Bombay. This church was then amalgamated with the United Presbyterian Church to form the United Free Church in 1910. This church was built at the far end of the High Street near the West Port but has subsequently been demolished. This property in Kirk Wynd was gifted to the Parish Church in 1910 from the Earl of Lauderdale. This building is now used for industrial purposes.
Note the interesting arch headed windows in the side gable.
Continue to the top of Kirk Wynd to meet East High Street again. Directly opposite is Mid Row. Cross the road and through the gap in the houses to return to the start point of the Trail.
Being a short walk, not everything in Lauder can be covered but it is hoped that this Trail has given you a flavour of the rich and interesting history of this Border Burgh.
If you have enjoyed this walk, why not try some of the other walks starting from Lauder Market Place. Details of these can be obtained by contacting Scottish Border Paths (01835-824632) or by picking up a leaflet in one of the many Tourist Information Centres throughout the Borders.
Other Town Trail guides have been published for the following areas: Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh, Melrose, and Peebles.