Haddington East Lothian Scotland

Haddington was a important town and over the years has been burnt down and flooded on more than one occasion. Haddington originally was in Northumbria up until circa 900AD when the Border was moved to bring it into Scotland. St Martin’s Kirk in the Nungate was built circa 1175 which is now the oldest standing building in Haddington. The once Palace of Haddington was abandoned in 1216 when Haddington was burnt by the English invaders. In 1198  King Alexander II of Scotland was born in Haddington. John Knox Protestant reformer was born in Haddington or nearby circa 1510.  Haddington’s new Town Hall was built in 1748 and in 1817 the Waterloo Bridge near the Poldrate Mil was opened. In 1846 Haddington’s railway station opens to the public. linking with Edinburgh and closed in 1949. The twin steel arched Victoria Bridge was built in 1898 and the largest hoard of Roman artefacts(outside Rome) were found on nearby Traprain Hill in 1919 and can be seen in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.  In 1965 Haddington was twinned with Aubigny sur Nère in France. Place to see when in Haddington are;

St Martins Kirk

Poldrate Mill

Nungate Bridge

Amisfield Walled Garden

Lennoxlove House

St Mary’s Church

Amisfield Summer House

Fountain Court Street

Tweeddale Monument Court Street

Rams Sculpture

Mercat Cross

John Grey Centre