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CATEGORY: Nostalgia

Rejected plans for Hawick Library

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Rejected plans for Hawick Library, submitted by Alexander Gardener in 1906. The building we know today was designed by John Nicholl Scott and Alexander Lorne Campbell of Edinburgh (who also designed the Boer War Memorial in Wilton Lodge Park), following a design competition assessed by local architect John James Burnet. Forty-two entries were submitted and […]


Hawick’s silent sentinel: the Toon Ha’

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

The town’s original municipal building was the Old Toolbooth – a primitive affair, with a thatched roof and a barn-like interior, that stood on the site of the current Town Hall. Sold to the Burgh by William Scott of Horsleyhill in 1657, it was rebuilt in c.1694. Farmers paid their fees here on market days […]


King’s Hotel

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Northville, now a private residence in North Bridge Street, was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century for the Blenkhorn family. It later became Gibson’s Temperance Hotel, before re-opening as the King’s Hotel after WWII. The King’s soon expanded into the adjacent building. For a few years it was run as the Roxburgh Inn, but by […]


Hornshole Bridge

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Hornshole Bridge carries an unclassified road over the Teviot, from Burnfoot to Denholm. It was built between 1772 and 1774 with money from neighbouring landowners, assisted by a grant from road trustees. Construction was overseen by Adam Scott and John Pott, although Scott retired following an accident, when framework used to build the arch collapsed. Pott […]


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