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Lockerbie is a town in south Scotland, 26 miles north of Carlisle, under 1 mile off the A74 / M6 motorway, 12 miles east of Dumfries. The town is now best known for the Pan Am Jumbo Jet crash in December 1988.

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Lockerbie grew around travel between Scotland and England, with the original main road and railway running through the town. The town still has a good selection of hotels for stopovers.

The image top is of the High Street laid out in the 1730s by the Johnston family, local landowners.

The Town Hall was completed in 1880 of a local red sand stone. In front of the town hall is the War Memorial, also a number of sheep statues, designed by Fife sculptor David Annand. The sheep celebrate the fact Lockerbie has had the largest lamb market in Scotland since the 1700s.

The Local Red Sandstone was quarried for buildings in the area, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the steps of the Statue of Liberty at New York.

The Kings Arms Hotel is situated by the Town Hall, one of the oldest building in the town from the 1600s. The hotel has been used by many famous people such as Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, and Sir Walter Scott in 1813.

Dryfesdale Parish Church is situated by the Kings Arms Hotel, one of four interesting churches in the town. Dryfesdale Parish Church was completed in 1898 on the site of an earlier church, with many graves around the church from before 1898. The church has an impressive interior to view, although it is not always open.

Lockerbie Golf Club is situated on the hills at the east side of the town, under one mile from the town centre. This is a scenic parks course that welcomes visitors with reasonable green fees.

Tundergarth Church is situated under 3 miles southeast of Lockerbie, high in the hills, 500 yards from where the nose cone of Pan Am 103 landed. The small building at the church holds the Book of Remembrance. Large images can be found using the Large Images link at the top of this page. Map

The Sherwood Crescent Memorial is situated on the west side of Lockerbie, just off the southwest side of the High Street. This is where the two wings of the aircraft landed, destroying a number of houses and killing 11 residents.

The memorial stone with a plaque is situated in gardens where the houses were destroyed. The gardens are easily missed as they are surrounded by trees, and there is little parking. Some of the residents in the area opposed the memorial as they believe the many visitors make it harder for them to get over the tragedy.

Dryfesdale Cemetery with the main memorial for the Pan Am crash victims is situated one mile west of Lockerbie, next to the A709 road that runs between Lockerbie, Lochmaben and Dumfries. The cemetery has a Lodge Visitor Centre. Map

The memorial is situated at the far end of the cemetery, in the are now known as the Lockerbie Garden of Remembrance. The main memorial holds the names of the 243 passengers and 16 crew killed in the disaster.

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