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Cally Temple restored to former glory

Cally Temple has been given a facelift by community volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A community project to turn a dilapidated building into a visitor attraction has reached a milestone.

Cally Temple near Gatehouse of Fleet was first built in 1779, but had been left to go to ruin.

Now thanks to a group of community volunteers it has been restored to its former glory.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working to conserve the building, and now the scaffolding has finally come off.


Hospital machine helps uncover Viking pot secrets

The Viking pot in the scanner. Credit: Borders General Hospital

A hi-tech hospital scanner has been used to unearth the secrets of a ninth century bronze pot, discovered by a metal detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway.

The sealed vessel - part of the largest Viking hoard found in modern times in Scotland - was covered in mud and verdigris earlier this year and considered too delicate to open by hand.

A unique collaboration between Historic Scotland and Borders General Hospital resulted in the £485,000 x-ray machine, which diagnoses patient health problems, being used to scan the contents of the pot.

The monitoring screen revealed the presence of five silver brooches, smaller gold ingots and ivory beads coated with gold, all wrapped in an organic material possibly leather inside the pot which had lain untouched for more than 1,000 years.

Stamp of approval for Penny Black letter at auction

A letter addressed to a solicitor in Carlisle was the star lot at an auction in London today, when it exceeded the estimated sale value by nearly £1,500.

What made it special was the six Penny Black stamps attached to it.

The letter was expected to go for up to £2,000 Credit: ITV Border

The letter was posted in May 1840, just five months after the introduction of Britain's first adhesive stamp.

They may have cost six pennies in 1840, but today those stamps and the envelope and letter they were attached to sold for £3,480.

Lost village uncovered near Selkirk

A village that seems to have been lost in history has been uncovered near Selkirk.

Archaeologists have found what they believe are the remains of a medieval settlement, dating as far back as the 14th century.

Artefacts and stone walls have been discovered at the site of a battlefield at Philiphaugh.

But, as Jenny Longden reports, there's no mention of a village there in the history books:


Full Report: First look at Crosby Garrett helmet

The arrival of the Crosby Garret helmet has been described by museum staff as a "dream come true."

The Roman artefact was discovered in Cumbria and is about to go on display in the county for the first time.

Members of the public can see it at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle from Friday, thousands of visitors are expected.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Helmet's return is "like a dream come true"

With just two days to go until a rare Roman helmet goes on display in Cumbria, ITV Border has been given a first glimpse.

The Crosby Garrett helmet was found in a field near Penrith and sold at auction to a mystery buyer for more than two million pounds.

It will be on public display at Carlisle's Tullie House Museum for three months from this weekend.

Crosby Garrett helmet goes on display

A Roman helmet found on a farm in Cumbria three years ago will go on display in the county for the first time later this week.

The Crosby Garrett helmet - named after the village where it was found - is going to be shown at Carlisle's Tullie House Museum from Friday.

The third century helmet was found on farmland near Penrith three years ago by a metal detector enthusiast.

It will remain on display until the end of January.

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