Cockburnspath Parish Church
Cockburnspath Parish Church
There may have been a church here in the early medieval period; certainly one existed by the 14th or early 15th century. Much of the current building is the result of a Victorian rebuilding. However the really intriguing feature of Cockburnspath kirk is the unusual rounded tower, situated in the centre of the west gable.
The odd, rounded tower is about 9 feet in diameter internally, and, though it is set in the 14th century gable end, the tower itself is probably much later, perhaps late 16th or early 17th century. Another interesting feature is a rectangular tomb house, dated 1614, set against the east wall.

The church appears to be open irregularly; certainly it was locked when we visited, with no indication of when, or if, it might be open to visitors. The village is very pretty, however, with a medieval mercat cross, only a few steps from the churchyard.