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Celebrating 400 Years of History

On September 19th this year, Langholm marked the 400th anniversary of the signing of a charter which established the town as a burgh.

To celebrate the occasion, a shopfront timeline charting four centuries of rich history and compelling personalities has sprung up along the High Street and beyond. Local artist John Hills was commissioned to work alongside Langholm’s heritage group to compile almost 30 panels telling (almost!) all of the tales that took the Muckle Toon from the charter signing in 1621 right up to the community buyout of Langholm Moor, spearheaded by the Langholm Initiative and finalised in spring of this year.

Among the achievements and incidents of note are the advent of the Common Riding, the establishment and ongoing success of Langholm Rugby Club (the oldest in the Borders) and the visit of astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1972, when he famously declared Langholm home. The displays will remain around the town through the autumn before finding a permanent home elsewhere in the town.

The Langholm Alliance would like to thank the Stevenson Trust, the Bowman Little Trust Fund and the Stoneypath Trust for their kind contributions to the project.

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