Oldhamstocks is a very small village and civil parish hidden away in the rolling Lammermuir hills of Southern Scotland.
Oldhamstocks Parish is the easternmost parish of East Lothian. It has a short coastal strip to the north and is bordered by Innerwick on the west and Berwickshire on the east and south. In the 19th century a scant six landowners held most of the 6000 acres in the parish. The parish is long and thin, trending southwestward from the northern coastal portion, and terminates in a southeasterly oriented ‘dogleg’; at one time a detached portion was in Berwickshire. Fertile arable land borders the coast but the trend is to pastoral on the higher, inland parts of the parish. Dunglass Dean on the eastern edge provides a ‘green corridor’ between coastal and lowland portion and the Lammermuirs to the south. The population peaked at over 700 in the 1830s.
The economy of the parish remains mostly agricultural and there is little trace remaining in the village of the rural industries (smiths, farriers, wrights, and masons) that supported the parochial farms. Timber plantations and grouse moors predominate in the inland parts where also wind turbines are an increasingly common sight.
The name has Anglo-saxon origins (meaning the farm of or by the old homestead); it had a priest in the 12th century and a church was consecrated 1242. A branch of the Hepburns acquired superiority of the parish by the 16th century but later the principal landowners were the Halls of Dunglass.
East Lothian is renowned for its attractive rural landscape and beautiful coastline. These features have their origins in the underlying geology and the geological processes that act upon the land. The diverse bedrock that underlies East Lothian has been sculpted by the erosion of rivers, glaciers and the sea over recent geological past (the Quaternary period). Landforms and deposits from the recent processes form characteristic features in the landscape. Furthermore, the picturesque towns and villages owe their distinct regional character to the local stone used in the walls and buildings. Find more information about East Lothian's Geoheritage at http://earthwise.bgs.ac.uk/index.php/OR/14/063_East_Lothian%E2%80%99s_geoheritage
Every year in the third week of August the village holds the annual Flower Show, which always has a large turnout and hosts various activities including sporting events and various art, food and photography competitions.
The parish has an unusually high proportion of buildings listed for their architectural merit. In the village they include: the A listed parish church, graveyard walls and watch house; B listed market cross, wellhead, Old Manse, ‘Braeview’, ‘Wight House’ and Stottencleugh farmhouse; and C listed ‘Greenend’, ‘Broadwood’, ‘October Cottage’ and Mill Cottage.
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