Stow of Wedale

Stow of Wedale, or more often Stow, /ˈst/ is a village in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland (historically Midlothian), 7 miles (11 kilometres) north of Galashiels. In the 2011 Census the population was 718. It is served by Stow railway station.

Location within the Scottish Borders
Population718 Scotland's Census 2011
OS grid referenceNT456447
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTD1
Dialling code01578
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55.692°N 2.862°W / 55.692; -2.862
Stow of Wedale
180 m (590 ft)

The name

The name Stow is an Old English word stōw meaning 'holy place' or 'meeting place', whilst Wedale is probably derived from the words wēoh (or wīg) meaning 'shrine' and dæl meaning 'valley'.[1]

Pack horse bridge across the Gala Water, at the south end of Stow

The Church

There has been a church at Stow since the 7th century, but the earliest example still visible today was built in the late 15th century on the site of the Church of St Mary which was consecrated on 3 November 1242. The church used today, St Mary of Wedale, was built in 1876 and features a 140-foot-high clock tower. Our Lady's Well is situated 1 mile (2 kilometres) south of the village and was rebuilt in 2000.

A rare example of a packhorse bridge, built in the 1650s, can be found in Stow. Stow was an important place in the woollen and agricultural industries in the 19th century.

In 1870, James Thin purchased a plot of land in the village and had a house built which was completed in 1873 and was named Ashlea. This house is still a private residence but is not owned by the Thin family.

Stow New Parish Church

Famous residents

See also


  1. Smith, A. H. (1956). English place-name elements. Cambridge: English Place-Name Society. pp. i.125, ii.159, ii.264–5.