Following Leet Water from source to mouth

Antony Chessell with book 'The Braw Trees of Coldstream'
Antony Chessell with book 'The Braw Trees of Coldstream'
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a RESIDENT of Coldstream for eight years, Antony Chessell has just completed his third book on the town and its neighbouring countryside.

‘Leet Water From Source to Tweed’ traces the course of the small River Tweed tributary from its source near Whitsome, down through Swinton to its mouth at Tweed Green in Coldstream.

Antony said: “The Leet is often overlooked but it will reward those who are prepared to go looking for its charms. It flows in unexpected directions through a variety of landscapes and there are many surprises on the way with much to discover in terms of topography, geology, history, archaeology and wildlife.”

Just like his previous two books, ‘Coldstream Building Snippets’ and ‘The Braw Trees of Coldstream’ Antony says his book is for walkers, ‘potterers’, wildlife watchers or even armchair map readers. ‘Leet Water From Source to Tweed’ is an ‘easy read’, full of fascinating information unearthed by the author during his journey downstream.

The foreword written by Major-General Sir John Swinton, KCVO, OBE, reads: “Apart from tracing the course of the Leet from source to Tweed, this book contains a wealth of fascinating historical, archaeological and botanical detail that is a joy to read and must provide the most ‘well-informed’ with interesting facts they did not know.”

Proceeds of the book are going to Coldstream Community Centre and other groups in Whitsome and Swinton. Priced at £8.50 it is available from Coldstream Community Centre, The Marjoribanks Gallery, The Craft House Gallery, Coldstream Crafts.