Kirk Yetholm

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    Yetholm is a village straddling the Bowmont River on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, close to the English Border.

    The picturesque settlement of Yeltholm actually consists of two small villages - Town Yetholm and Kirk Yetholm. Yetholm is famed for being the home to the kings and queens of the Scottish gypsies from the 16th century. The former ‘Gypsy Palace’ can be seen just off Kirk Yetholm Green - It is a private house. The village is a lively place and well serviced with two pubs, a village shop, a butcher and a Post Office.

    There are signs of ancient human activity in the countryside surrounding the Town Yetholm including numerous hill forts, hut platforms and field boundaries. One of the most striking pieces of evidence was two bronze shields discovered in 1837. They date between 1150 and 750 BC and are currently on display in the National Museum of Edinburgh.

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