In the late 18th century, the first mill with mechanical carding machines opened its doors in Galashiels, increasing the production of cloth. In response, the Cloth Hall was built in order to provide a warehouse and trade centre for the local milling industry. It is clear that the textile industry in Galashiels would not have expanded as it did if it weren’t for this building.
The Cloth Hall underwent several changes over its history and is even said to have been a school at one point. It also housed the town branch of the City of Glasgow Bank in the mid-19th century. Today, the building has been divided into private flats, though it remains an important part of Galashiels’ textile heritage.