Plea to find construction date of bridge

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Scottish Borders Council is appealing for help from locals to establish exactly when Martin’s Bridge in the Borthwick Valley was built.

Work to refurbish and strengthen the structure, which crosses the Teviot on the B711 at its junction with the A7 just south of Hawick, is nearly finished.

As part of the project, the local authority plans to insert a ‘date stone’ within the parapets but officials haven’t been able to confirm the original construction date.

If anyone has information that could help to confirm this please contact SBC on 01835 826621 or email