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Gretna - Old Blacksmith's Shop
Title: Gretna - Old Blacksmith's Shop
Description: The Old Blacksmith's Shop at Gretna Green is known the world over for the runaway couples who married here, mostly from south of the border. Prior to 1754 English marriages could not be performed without parental approval. Even members of the clergy who performed such marriages could be transported to the colonies! No such laws restricted marriages in Scotland leading to the Gretna, being the easiest part of Scotland to reach by horse or carriage, becoming the runaway capital of the UK.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Blacksmith's Shop
Title: Gretna - Blacksmith's Shop
Description: This old part of the building shows one of the many Marriage Anvils.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Forced Marriage
Title: Gretna - Forced Marriage
Description: Here we see a typical marriage, possibly at gun point!
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Carriages
Title: Gretna - Carriages
Description: There are many exhibts of people and carriages from the oldest horse drawn buggies to 1960s cars! Here we see a selection of carriages.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Cars
Title: Gretna - Cars
Description: Here we see a Humber car, originally associated with Doctors.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Shopping
Title: Gretna - Shopping
Description: Gretna today is a magnet for tourists passing by. Many tour buses stop on their way from England to Edinburgh and beyond. Of course, a large shopping industry has grown up around the Blacksmith's Shop to cater for these migrant visitors.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Stables
Title: Gretna - Stables
Description: The old stables have been converted into a wide range of buildings, from shops to restaurants.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Fountain
Title: Gretna - Fountain
Description: This fountain forms the cental point between the Blacksmith's Shop and the shopping area at Grenta Green.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Entertainment
Title: Gretna - Entertainment
Description: Local bands also play for the visitors.
Date: August 2006
Gretna - Blacksmith's Shop
Title: Gretna - Blacksmith's Shop
Description: Finally, this view shows the back entrance to the Old Blacksmith's Shop. Note the bust of Robert Burns by the entrance!
Date: August 2006
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