"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

Caerlaverock Estate

Community

Bankend | Glencaple | Community Council

Caerlaverock and the surrounding area is home to about 400 people.  Included in the estate are the two main villages of Glencaple and Bankend, lying on either side of dramatic, tree-topped 'Wardlaw,' site of an ancient, hill-top fort commanding splendid views over the Solway Merse. Each village has its own identity and its own unique role to play in the community.

Bankend

Caerlaverock Parish Church & Graveyard, BankendBankend is home to the local village hall - "The Hutton Hall." It is the centre and popular venue for a host of local community events and functions.  Caerlaverock Parish Church is just outside the village, nestling between Byers Farm and a tributary of the Lochar Water. It dates from 1781 and the graveyard close by is well worth visiting. The many ancient graves each have their own story to tell. There are 8 war graves and a hearse-house too. Visitors interested in tracing their ancestry may find this a particularly rewarding place to carry out some family research.

Caerlaverock Parish Church & Graveyard, Bankend - © Copyright Chris Newman and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Glencaple

Caerlaverock Tea Room and ShopGlencaple sits on the east bank of the River Nith and has remarkable views over the river estuary looking right out to the Solway itself.  The focus of the village is the 18th century quay, a reminder of the days when Glencaple was once a thriving port. In common with neighbouring Kelton, it had its own ship building yard where exotic cargoes of rum and dried fruit as well as timber from the Baltic and Canada were landed by the large ships which sailed into the deep waters of the Nith Estuary to ply their trade.

Now the quayside is still thriving thanks to a recent new venture. Caerlaverock Tea Room and Shop, housed in a brand new architect designed building, has been established by the estate to create a vibrant new focal point for all the community.  It was opened on 7th September 2012 by HRH Princess Alexandra and has already become a favourite rendezvous for locals and visitors looking for a bite to eat.

Grave of Robert Parterson the 'Old Mortality' of Sir Walter ScottLiterary Connections
Much of the scenery in this area, especially near Caerlaverock Castle, is graphically described in Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering;  Caerlaverock Castle itself is Sir Walter Scott's 'Ellangowan.' The  parish church yard contains the grave of Robert Paterson the 'Old Mortality' of Sir Walter Scott over which a monument now stands which was raised in 1869 by Messrs Black of Edinburgh. Avid Scott fans may thoroughly enjoy visiting the area and following in the footsteps of some of Sir Walter's famous characters.

The gravestone of Robert Paterson ('Old Mortality') - © Copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Community Council

Caerlaverock Community Council plays an important role in the Parish of Caerlaverock through close involvement in the key issues that affect those living locally.

The Council meets on the last Wednesday of every month in the Hutton Hall in Bankend, at 7.30pm.

The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact: Douglas Anderson, Chair, Hillberry, Glencaple, DG1 4RD, Tel: 01387 770 111

or Rob Wells, Treasurer, Shearwater, Glencaple DG1 4RB, Tel: 01387 770 348


© Main photo Rob Wells

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