Sanquhar

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Sanquhar is a town in south Scotland, 28 miles north of Dumfries on the A76 road.

The town is popular for its Tolbooth Museum covering industry in the area and vast Crawick Multiverse outdoor art work.

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Sanquhar Castle ruin is situated on the south side of the town. It was built in the 1400s for the Crichton family. The castle was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots, and James VI. The 212 mile long Southern Upland Way walking route passes right by the castle and town.

St Ninian's Baptist Church is situated on the south side of the town on Castle Street.

The Post Office is in the centre of Sanquhar on the High Street. This Post Office opened in 1712, may be the oldest working post office in the world.

The Glendyne Hotel is also situated in the town centre on the High Street with rooms, a bar, and serves pub meals.

The Tolbooth completed in 1735 is situated at the north end of the High Street. This building now serves as the Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum covering the knitwear trade and mines in the area.

The Nithsdale Hotel is next to the Tolbooth with 12 en suite bedrooms, dining room, bar, and large function room.

Sanquhar Park and Pond are situated on the north side of the town with play and fitness equipment.

A curling club was founded in Sanquhar in 1774 with sixty members, the world’s oldest curling society. They played on any bodies of water around the town that froze in winter.

The swimming pool is situated on the north side of the town for swimming, training and lessons. Sanquhar Fun Pool website.

Blackaddie Country House hotel is situated on the outskirts of the town to the north with rooms, restaurant, and cottages.

Sanquhar Golf Club is situated on the northwest side of Sanquhar with views all around. This is an 18 hole parkland course that welcomes visitors.

St Brides Parish Church is situated on the north side of the town on Church Road. This church was completed in 1828 in Georgian Gothic Style.

The Crawick Multiverse is situated about one mile north of Sanquhar. This vast outdoor art work was completed in June 2015 as a tourist attraction.

Sanquhar History

Pre History - traces of forts can be found in the area.

1400s - Sanquhar Castle was built for the Crichton family.

1568 - Mary Queen of Scots visited Sanquhar Castle after her defeat at the Battle of Langside.

1598 - Sanquhar was made a Royal Burgh by charter of James VI.

1617 - King James VI of Scotland I of England visited Sanquhar Castle when traveling between Glasgow and London.

1639 - the Crichton's moved to Ayrshire after selling Sanquhar Castle and land to the Earl of Queensberry from Drumlanrig Castle 9 miles south.

The Crichton's built Dumfries House 18 miles northwest in Ayrshire that is now a mansion museum.

1680 - Sanquhar became a meeting place for Covenanters that wanted churches in Scotland to remain free of interference form the King.

1684 - the Killing Time began in this area after forces of King Charles II began hunting down the Covenanters.

1700s - Sanquhar expanded around the wool trade with Sanquhar gloves being popular through the UK.

1712 - Sanquhar Post Office opened, said to be the oldest working post office in the world.

1735 - the Tolbooth designed by William Adam was built with stone from Sanquhar Castle.

1774 - the world’s oldest curling society was formed in Sanquhar.

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1788 - the poet Robert Burns often visited the town when traveling between his home in Mauchline and his new farm at Ellisland 20 miles south by Dumfries.

1830s - a large carpet factory was opened by the town with the carpets sold around the world.

1850 - Sanquhar railway station opened on the Glasgow and South-Western Railway.

1860 - the weaving factory was closed leading to many weavers moving to cities.

1965 - Sanquhar railway station was closed.

2015 - the vast Crawick Multiverse outdoor art work was opened to the public. This was built on the site of a former open cast coal mine that closed in the 2000s?

The town still makes carpets.

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