Friday, 22 June 2012
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Stairlifts Peebles – Stairlifts Scottish Borders
The town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders sits by the River Tweed, or more correctly between the River Tweed and Eddlestone Water in the triangle formed where the two rivers meet. It’s an area of outstanding beauty on a river renowned for its salmon fishing. In fact a famous motto linked to Peebles is ‘against the stream they multiply’.
Peebles has been a market town since the reign of David I of Scotland in the 12th century. It played a key part in the Scottish Borders’ woollen industry for many years right up until the 1960’s. Today just one woollen mill remains.
Although the woollen industry used to employ many of the people of Peebles, today most of them commute to nearby Edinburgh for work.
Peebles is also a popular destination for tourists keen to fish the river, see the natural beauty of the area and Peebles’ many historic buildings. In the 19th century it was tourists of a different kind who frequented Peebles – health tourists who visited for the ‘waters’. One of the survivors of this period is the Peebles Hydro Hotel.
The oldest building in the town is St Andrew’s Church tower also known as Peebles Parish Church. The church dated 1195 was caught in the destruction of abbeys and priories in Henry VIII’s reformation after his quarrel with the Catholic Church and only the tower survived.
Henry VIII and stairlifts
Of course Henry VIII is claimed by David Starkey to be the inventor of the stairlift. His servants had to move him in a sort of block and tackle contraption to manoeuvre stairs after he damaged his leg and became obese.
Fortunately stairlifts are more refined these days and you can sit on a chair and be electronically ferried to the top of your stairs and down again in comfort and safety. Castle Comfort Stair Lifts have been supplying stairlifts in the area for 15 years and can advise you on the best stairlift for you and your staircase. We supply all the major makes so can truly offer you an unbiased opinion.
Call us for appointment to see how we can help you on 0131 242 0046 .
More about historic Peebles
Neidpath Castle can be found about 1 mile out of Peebles on a bend in the River Tweed. The current castle was built by the Hay family in the 14th century although ownership passed to the Douglas family, specifically the 1st Duke of Queensbury, in the 17th century. Later in the 19th century the castle became the family home of the Earl of Wemyss and it is still home to his descendants.
James VI stayed here; it held out against Cromwell for the longest period of any south of the River Forth; William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott visited the Castle.
The castle is said to be haunted by the daughter of the William Douglas, Earl of March. Her name is Jean Douglas who Sir Walter Scott referred to as ‘the Maid of Neidpath’ in a poem.
Mercat Cross - This is the market cross that can be found in Eastgate; symbolically it marks the centre of town. It was where Royal proclamations were announced and where criminals were punished. Now a traditional market day is held every Tuesday as well as several annual fairs.
Cross Keys Hotel was built in the 17th century as the town house of Walter Williamson of Cardrona. Later when it became the Cleikum Inn it was another favourite of Sir Walter Scott. Two later hotels, the County (18th century) and the Tontine (19th century) have made their marks on Peebles. The façade of County Hotel hides an older interior with a thick walled barrel-vaulted room or bastel house. This was originally used as a refuge.
The Tontine Hotel was financed on the ‘tontine principle’; this is an early form of life annuity leaving the last living person of the original subscribers as sole heir. It is well known for its musician’s gallery around the dining room, a large bow window overlooking the Tweed and an Adams fireplace.
Chambers Institution was built in the 16th century. Originally as it belonged to the Church it was the Dean’s house but later became the property of the Douglas family. It became known as the Queensbury Lodging and was the birthplace of the 4th Duke of Queensbury.
After much modernisation Dr William Chambers gave the building to the town although no mention of how he acquired it is documented. It became the town library – a fitting association with its gifter – until such time as it became the civic centre and town council meeting place. Now a ‘secret room’ is on show exhibiting a 16 metre long plaster reproduction of the Elgin Marbles and a copy of the Triumph of Alexander by Danish sculptor Bertil Thorvaldsen all donated by William Chambers.
The 19th century Sherriff Court House was originally the Country Rooms for the town’s prison. The old cells are still part of the house which was built on a steep mound.
The River Tweed is one of Scotland’s major salmon fishing rivers. A catch of approximately 10,000 fish are line caught on the 90+ miles of the Tweed every year.
Tweed Bridge was originally built in stone in the 14th century although a wooden bridge had stood prior to this. It was an important road in the 17 – 19 centuries leading to the Highlands in the north and as far south as the Midlands.
The Beltane Festival and Common Riding
This annual fair originally celebrated the return of summer with lighting fires to burn winter bedding and flooring! Now it has amalgamated with a Common Riding, similar to the one in Hawick. Town’s folk ride through the town on horseback to commemorate when local men risked their lives to save the town. The Beltane Queen is also crowned at this festival and The Cornet appointed who will represent the town for a year; the Beltane Festival is held in June every year.
Notable folk from Peebles
Traditionally, a person born in Peebles was called a gutterbluid.
· 1st Baron Tweedsmuir better known as author John Buchan was born in nearby Broughton. Although Buchan penned more than 100 books, his most famous was The Thirty Nine Steps. He also served as Governor General of Canada.
· William and Robert Chambers were born in Peebles; they later founded the Chambers publishing firm in Edinburgh still famous for their dictionaries. The house where they were born can still be seen in Biggiesknowe in the town.
· Poet and philosopher John Veitch was also born in Peebles.
· Folk singer and songwriter Eric Bogle was born in Peebles. He now lives and works mainly in Australia.
· Record producer Callum James Greens grew up here.
Stairlifts for Peebles
Despite all the ancient monuments and peoples from yesteryear connected with Peebles, Castle Comfort Stairlifts are keen that today’s residents should have any necessary help with mobility.
The choice of stairlift or recommendation may differ to meet your particular needs, budget and of course your staircase. We can advise and get you quotes to compare so that you make an informed decision. These prices will vary depending on the type of stairlift chosen i.e. straight, curved or platform or of course reconditioned.
See what some of our customers have said and check out financial help on our blog about grants and 0% finance.
If you’re still undecided you can see what other customers have said and of course call us to talk things through on 0131 242 0046 .