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CATEGORY: Nostalgia

Pippleheuch Well

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Pippleheuch Well, also known as Pipleheugh and Pipewellheugh, is located at the far end of Buccleuch Road. Although the name suggests a well, it is in fact an old iron trough that was fed by a nearby spring – once a source of drinking water for horses, and cattle being driven to market from the south. […]

St Andrew’s Church

Monday, December 12th, 2016

John Thomas Rochead’s final Hawick commission was the Free St Andrew’s Church (pictured, centre). Construction began in August 1868 and was completed almost a year later. The interior was capable of accommodating more than 900 worshipers, while underneath the church there was a hall for Sabbath schools that could accommodate about 200 people. The height […]

George Luff

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Following on from a previous article on Hawick’s ‘Coffin End’, it would be remiss not to mention George Luff, its eccentric proprietor. Born in Sussex in 1845, George came to Hawick from his native Brighton in 1877 to work as a waiter at the Tower Hotel – developing a novel shorthand slate attached to his waiter’s tray. It […]

Artistic Photographic Company

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The Artistic Photographic Company was founded by T.A. Evans, who had a studio at 47 High Street. According to the Imperial Arts Guild, he was based at this address between 1891 and 1897, after which he moved to Bradford. He joined with a photographer named Thompson to set up a new business and their firm was […]

The Office Bar

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

6 Tower Knowe, known today as The Office Bar, bears an interesting history. In 1791 William ‘Auld Cash’ Oliver (c.1738-1808), a prominent local merchant and Cornet in 1758, opened the first Bank of Scotland premises in Hawick on this site. As the first bank agent in the area he held the money in neat piles under […]

Martin’s Bridge

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Martin’s Bridge, popularly known as ‘Mertin’s brig’, was built in 1826 to carry the Roberton road to the Borthwick valley. It is named for its proximity to Martin’s House. Interestingly, the front elevation of the house is towards the hill, since the main road (the Lumback) used to pass by here. The bridge was closed for […]

West Port Church

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

West Port Church once stood in the upper left-hand corner of Drumlanrig Square and was built in 1866 for the Free Church Mission (established in 1855 in stocking-shop vacated by Andrew Haddon). In the early days it was sometimes referred to as the ‘Territorial Church’, to distinguish it from the main Free Church in North Bridge […]

JY Hunter

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

John Young Hunter (1850-1903), better known as JY, was a prominent photographer who trained with John Aitken of the Exchange Arcade. The site of the saloon is now occupied by the Heritage Hub, with the distinctive archway to the Arcade still in-situ. JY started his own business in North Bridge Street during the 1870s, then […]

Milligan’s cabinet makers

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Milligan’s cabinet makers, 80 High Street, was established by George Milligan around 1820. The company specialised in cabinet making, upholstery and even undertaking, with its own wood yard to the rear of the building. George’s son Robert took over the business, which was continued by the two for a period of nearly seventy-five years. Rooms above […]

Forbes’ Royal (Buccleuch) Nurseries

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Forbes Nurseries were created on land rented from the Duke of Buccleuch in 1879. They grew a wide range of plants for general sale in small hot houses, and supplied customers from all over Britain. It was for a while the largest grower of Penstemons (Beard Tongues) in the world, offering 550 varieties in 1900, […]

Hawick Royal British Legion

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The Hawick branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in 1938. The club originally met in the YMCA rooms in O’Connell Street, then in Commercial Road. After WWII they moved to 3 O’Connell Street, which had been the ‘Central Rooms’ or Johnstone’s tea rooms. The Legion exists as a social centre for ex-servicemen and is a […]


Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Quoits, a game in which people throw rings or hoops over a set distance towards a grounded spike, was very popular in Hawick around the end of the 18th century. Pronounced ‘koits,’ a Quoitin Haugh was created on the banks of the River Teviot in the 1740s, where locals would use horse shoes and wooden stakes. Clubs were […]

St Mary’s Church

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Widely considered to be the oldest occupied site in Hawick, St Mary’s Church is first recorded as a place of worship in 1183. This early church was dedicated to Saint Mary in May 1214 by Adam, Bishop of Caithness (as noted in the Chronicles of Melrose Abbey). The original church was comprised of ornate stonework, […]

Alexander Orrock (1652-1711)

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

The Reverend Alexander Orrock (1652-1711) signed a bequest for 9,000 merks to fund a new Grammar School in Hawick. He also put aside 1600 merks for the needy poor, and his extensive library for the parishioners of Hawick. A selection of 41 volumes from his library, consisting of theological works, mainly of the 17th century, […]

Out & About: The Village

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Built on the site of small family crofts in the early 19th century, The Village is named after its relative isolation from the medieval Burgh of Hawick. Originally split as the Under Village and the Upper Village, the area was renumbered as The Village from 1904. The large tenement block (pictured) was erected by Messrs. R. […]

Park Cricket League

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Park Cricket League was a purely amateur affair played during the summer in Wilton Lodge Park, from the early 1950s. The competition was played between teams from the various factories, trades and organisations dotted across the town. Cricket was introduced to Hawick around 1844 by English textile workers, with two of the first Teri players being Jim […]

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