Gorebridge shown within Midlothian
|Population||5,777 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Scottish Parliament||Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale|
Gorebridge is a post town and former mining village in Midlothian, Scotland. The village gets its name from the bridge across the River Gore, a tributary of the South Esk. It was the home of Scotland's first gunpowder mill, at the Gore Water, that started operating in 1794.
Gorebridge has an annual gala day. This is much like a town fair, with rides and games. The gala day has a tradition of picking a Town King and Queen from the primary schools.
Annette Crosbie, known to many as the long suffering wife of Victor Meldrew, played by fellow Scot Richard Wilson in the BBC comedy series One Foot in the Grave, is a former resident of Gorebridge. The Reverend David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2011-12, was minister at Gorebridge Parish Church in the 1970s.
Gorebridge will soon, in 2015, see the return of the Waverley Line with a new station being built on the site of the original station. This will give rail access to the Borders and Edinburgh Waverley railway station.
In the Gore Glen there is a shallow cave, named 'The King's Cave'. According to legend a thief used to steal cattle and hide in this nearby cave. It is not, as some think, named after Robert the Bruce, who was said to have hidden here after defeat at the hands of the English.
- Stobhill Gunpowder Works
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