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Coldstream Bridge over the Tweed
Grid reference: NT841398
Location: 55°39’5"N, 2°15’15"W
Population: 1,813  (2001)
Post town: Coldstream
Postcode: TD12
Dialling code: 01890
Local Government
Council: Scottish Borders
Roxburgh and Selkirk

Coldstream is a little town in Berwickshire. It stands on the north bank of the River Tweed in Berwickshire, while Northumberland lies across on the south bank. The town is well known as the home of the Coldstream Guards, the earliest British Army regiment, and is also noted as the location where Edward I of England invaded Scotland in 1296.

The Tweed is crossed here by the Georgian Coldstream Bridge, linking Coldstream with Cornhill-on-Tweed in Northumberland.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Coldstream was a popular centre for runaway marriages, in a similar vein to Gretna Green, as it lay on a major road (now the A697). Notable buildings in the town include the toll house where marriages were conducted, and The Hirsel, which is the family seat of the Earls of Home.

An imposing monument to Charles Marjoribanks, Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, stands at the east end of the town, close to the Coldstream Bridge.

Henderson Park has good views of the river and "Nun's Walk", the closest one can get to the water.