Eyemouth Watch-House

Nestled in the corner of the old churchyard, in the small coastal town of Eyemouth, sits the most unusual watch-house. Macabre carvings are corroded, sometimes beyond recognition on some of its walls, but the building still stands. Now forming part of the Memorial Garden, many people simply walk past the structure, running to shelter from the driving rain.

 

The corroded walls of Eyemouth watch-house

It is said the walls are made of old gravestones, taken from the churchyard itself when the watch-house was constructed in 1849. The churchyard, becoming full of parishioners who had died during a cholera epidemic, had to be raised by 6ft and in doing so, some of the gravestones were moved and reused in the building of the watch-house.