Clovenfords is a village in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, a mile north of the hamlet of Caddonfoot and four miles west of the town Galashiels. The village sits on undulating grasslands and surrounding rolling hills. The 2011 census gave it a population count of 562 people.
Clovenfords began circa 1750 on the stagecoach route between Carlisle and Edinburgh The village boasted a smithy, a post office and a handful of cottages when Galashiels was only a hamlet dependent on Clovenfords for its mail deliveries and news from the outside world.
A new primary school was opened in Clovenfords in 2012, replacing the old building at Caddonfoot which dated back to 1840. The school roll at September 2015 is 93 pupils, and there are 5 FTE teachers. The current Headteacher is Kerry Collins.
Clovenfords Hotel is a focal point of the community. It first opened circa 1750, known as Whytbank Inn. Walter Scott stayed frequently at the hotel after he was appointed a sheriff in 1799, and the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy stayed there in 1803. In 2016, the hotel underwent extensive refurbishment.
Caddonfoot Hall is located a mile south of Clovenfords and hosts regular activities for the people of the village, including Scottish country dancing, yoga, badminton and a children's playgroup. The hall was gifted to the people of Caddonfoot Parish in 1929 by Lady Louisa Mary Anderson of Yair House, and is managed by a committee of user group representatives.
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- Clovenfords Village Website
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Clovenfords (86447)". Canmore.
- RCAHMS record for Clovenfords, Caddon Mill
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Peel House (246743)". Canmore. A country house in the Parish of Caddonfoot