Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

7 TOWER KNOWELB34622

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
19/08/1977
Supplementary Information Updated
18/11/2008
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Burgh
Hawick
NGR
NT 50189 14473
Coordinates
350189, 614473

Description

Late 19th century with early-19th-century core. 3-storey, 5-bay, irregular tapered-plan, Classical tenement on a steeply sloping site with exposed basement to rear and shops at ground floor. Polished yellow sandstone ashlar to front, partially painted and partially tiled to shopfronts; squared, coursed yellow sandstone with polished ashlar dressings to upper 3 storeys at sides and rear; roughly coursed whinstone rubble with red sandstone ashlar dressings to basement. Base course; deep fascia cornice turning S corner; 1st-floor cill course; deep eaves cornice turning S corner; parapet. Rusticated quoins. Regular fenestration to front, with raised margins at upper floors; irregular fenestration to sides and regular, 2-bay fenestration to rear, with raised cills. Tenement door and fanlight to left and 2 shops to right at ground floor. piended roof, and basement corbelling to polygonal stair tower at S side. Red sandstone corbel to stair tower.

Fixed plate glass to shopfronts; predominantly plate glass in timber sash and case windows elsewhere. Grey slate roof with metal ridges; rendered, ashlar-coped stacks with some circular buff clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: Stone turnpike tenement stair with painted tongue-and-groove timber panelling to dado height and decorative cast-iron balustrade with polished timber handrail to 2nd-floor landing.

Statement of Special Interest

A well-proportioned, late-19th-century, classical tenement with shops which retains remnants of an earlier building, situated in a prominent position at the heart of Hawick overlooking Drumlanrig Bridge and the Slitrig Water.

The Ordnance Survey Town Plan of 1857 shows a building on this site with a stepped-back rear; the rear basement and the tenement stair of the existing building were presumably retained from this earlier structure. It is sometimes known as 'Kedie's Building' after William Kedie, draper, who lived here in the 1850s.

The left shopfront appears to date from the early 20th century and the right one from the late 20th century; no original interior details remain in either shop. List description revised and category changed from B to C(S) at resurvey (2008).

References

Bibliography

Shown on 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1897). Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar and Richard Fawcett, The Buildings of Scotland: Borders (2006), p360. Douglas Scott, A Hawick Word Book, draft version, http://www.astro.ubc.ca/people/scott/book.pdf [accessed 26 February 2008], pp575-6.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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