Looking back: 25 pictures of Melrose in the past, including a Royal visit

Take a trip back in time more than 50 years.

Friday, 5th June 2020, 1:20 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 1:21 pm
Melrose in the past.
Melrose in the past.

These pictures from our archives show different aspects of life in the Melrose area from a bygone time, mainly the 1950s and 60s, including a visit from the Queen, as well as how some familiar landscapes looked back then.

Newstead Village, May 1947.
Melrose Abbey with museum building and rock garden, December 1947.

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Dryburgh Abbey, July 1953.
Eildon Hills from Melrose, July 1954.
A ward at Dingleton Hospital, February 1955.
A patient's room at Dingleton Hospital, February 1955.
Salmon fishing on the Tweed near Melrose, April 1956.
Melrose Sevens at the Greenyards, April 1957. Combined Universities v Jedforest.
Furniture maker Mr Dodds selecting wood to make a rustic table, April 1958.
Salmon fishing on the River Tweed near Melrose, November 1958.
Aerial view of Melrose, June 1959.
Bemersyde House, August 1962. Grounds were about to be opened to the public.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Melrose station, July 1962.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Melrose station, July 1962.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arriving at Greenyards, July 1962.
The crowds waiting to catch a glimpse of the Royal party, July 1962.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arriving at Greenyards, July 1962.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Greenyards, July 1962.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Greenyards, July 1962.
Excited youngsters wait to see the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, July 1962.
Young and old line the road to see the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, July 1962.
Plum orchard near Melrose, with Eildon Hills in background, November 1962.
Plum orchard near Melrose, with Eildon Hills in background, November 1962.
Rugby at the Greenyards - Melrose v Hawick, April 1963. G.D. Stevenson gets his pass away.
Rugby at the Greenyards - Melrose v Hawick, April 1963. Melrose supporters jump for joy at the end of the match.