EARLSTON READING ROOM
A look at the past - and the future - for the Earlston Reading Room which dates from 1852. It was a symbol of Victorian self-help and the desire for education. The rules and regulations make entertaining reading.
The Reading room on the left to next to the Corn Exchange with its belfry tower.
The photograph pre-dates 1921 when the pump tower on the right was demolished to make way for the war memorial.
THE WHALE SISTERS - MANUFACTURERS OF EARLSTON GINGHAMS
A profile of Christian and Marion Whale, who in the first half of the 19th century had a national reputation as producers of Earlston ginghams, at a time when few women showed such enterprising spirit to head successful businesses.
Two surviving examples of the Earlston Gingham.
A photographic account of the history of the railway through Earlston from its low key opening to its equally low key closure over a 100 years later.
The last train through Earlston Station - July 1965.
WARTIME AIR CRASH OVER EARLSTON
An account of the air crash of 1943 when a German bomber came down near the village, killing all four members of the crew. In 2015 the daughter and grandson of the pilot made a moving visit to Earlston to commemorate this war time tragedy.
The unveiling of a memorial to the German crew
EARLSTON KIRK SESSION RECORDS - CHARITY AND CENSURE
The records provide us with a unique social commentary on life in the village at the time. as the church provided help to the poor and needy, but censure to those involved in what was regarded as moral turpitude.
As late as 14th October 1901, a woman was brought before the Kirk Session to be questioned on her "sin of fornication and having a child out of wedlock"
EARLSTON ON PARADE
To mark Civic Week 2016, parades of the past and photographs of Earlston people having fun!
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