In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Bridgend like this:
Bridgend, a hamlet in Melrose parish, Roxburghshire, adjacent to the bridge over the Tweed, about a mile W of Melrose town. An ancient bridge of curious construction stood here; is said to have been built by David I., to facilitate communication with Melrose Abbey; and halfway across it had a tower, containing a bridge-keeper's residence.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Bridgend has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Scottish Borders. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bridgend and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bridgend, in Scottish Borders and Roxburghshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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