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Coldstream Before the bridge was built in 1766, the River Tweed was forded at Coldstream and the name is a reference to the temperature of the river, which is a substantial stream at this point.
Coldstream rests on the banks of the River Tweed, the natural boundary between Scotland and England.
Once a rival to Gretna for runaway marriages, Coldstream is best known as the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards, formed by General Monck in 1659 in support of the Stuart Restoration.
Coldstream Civic Week is held each August, the highlight of which is a ride to Flodden Fields to honour the dead in the battle of 1513, one of Scotland’s worst military disasters costing 9,000 Scottish lives including those of King James IV and his son.
Just over the border lies Cornhill-on-Tweed and a few miles from Coldstream are the twin estates of Ford and Etal.