New era beckons for Dalkeith Corn Exchange

Dalkeith, Interior of Corn Exchange

Dalkeith, Interior of Corn Exchange

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As exclusively reported in last week’s Advertiser, Dalkeith Corn Exchange is to be repaired and restored as part of a £3.5m project to bring it back into community use. CRAIG FINLAY has been delving into the history of the iconic building.

Melville Housing Association plans to turn part of the Corn Exchange into office space, while a new museum is to be created – to be managed by Dalkeith History Society. This week, the Advertiser looks back at the history of the iconic building, including its connection with Dalkeith Freemasons.

The Corn Exchange opened its doors for the first time in 1854. It was, at that time, the largest indoor grain market in Scotland.

Of Tudor design, the building was paid for by subscriptions, loans and taxes.

The façade bears two inscribed panels: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” and “Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness”.

Read the full article in this week’s Advertiser - available now.