Longtown in 1837
Longtown is a modern town on the borders of Scotland, in the parish of Arthuret, which parish in 1831 contained 2,053 inhabitants. The streets are regular and spacious. Thursday is the market-day. Cranberries in the season are brought to this market in great quantities from the moors of Scotland. On Monday a market is held for bacon and butter, in which articles there is an extensive trade. Arthuret church, a very elegant Gothic structure, about half a mile distant, was built in 1609. In the town are a Presbyterian meeting-house and two charity-schools. Netherby is pleasantly situated on the banks of the Esk, about two miles from Longtown. Liddel Strength, the site of an ancient castle, is about four miles distant.