appearance. A rule of thumb which locals used for cost in the 1870s and 1880s was 'fifty pound a lum', giving a price-range for anything from a small cottage to a modest villa of £150 to £300. Larger houses on the south side or in Innerleithen Road, for example, would range from £400 upwards.
Given the increasing prosperity, the growth in population and the intellectual and cultural influence from outside agencies: it is hardly surprising that Peebles entered into a forward-looking period. The burgh was well served by a succession of provosts and town councillors who prudently handled the town's affairs to make the best of an expansionary era. By 1900, the town looked forward, full of confidence, to face the challenges of a new century.