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1 Dovemount Place, the Station Hotel

A Category C Listed Building in Hawick, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4283 / 55°25'41"N

Longitude: -2.7853 / 2°47'7"W

OS Eastings: 350397

OS Northings: 615214

OS Grid: NT503152

Mapcode National: GBR 85ZN.SX

Mapcode Global: WH7XG.5TXG

Entry Name: 1 Dovemount Place, the Station Hotel

Listing Date: 18 November 2008

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 400057

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51198

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Hawick

County: Scottish Borders

Town: Hawick

Electoral Ward: Hawick and Denholm

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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1871. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, symmetrical, gabled, platform-roofed former hotel on corner site, with Free Scots Renaissance and Baronial features. Tooled, squared, coursed yellow sandstone with polished ashlar dressings; painted right section of side elevation. Base course; eaves cornice to principal elevation. Quoin strips. Painted margins to ground floor of principal (Dovemount Place) elevation; raised cills to side (Laing Terrace) elevation.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: 2 stone steps to central, 6-panel timber door with fanlight in round-arched architrave flanked by Doric pilasters supporting advanced, gabled bay above with hoodmould to deeply recessed, shouldered window architrave at 1st floor, pilasters flanking window in round-arched margin to gable, and twinned, octagonal gablehead stacks. Slightly advanced windows to outer bays, corniced at ground floor; gabled dormers breaking eaves cornice. 4 bays to gabled right part of side elevation: 2 stone steps to recessed door with rectangular fanlight to outer right; projecting, corbelled stacks flanking bipartite window in gable. 2-storey, asymmetric left part of side elevation: broad, 2-leaf, timber-boarded door to courtyard at left; 2 steps to timber-boarded door at centre; 3 evenly spaced gabled dormers breaking eaves to attic.

Predominantly timber sash and case windows, with plate glass to principal elevation and 4-pane glazing to side. Grey slate roof with metal ridges. Moulded, ashlar-coped skews with scrolled skewputts. Corniced ashlar and brick stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods with hoppers dated 1871 to principal elevation.

Statement of Interest

A striking former hotel with boldly eclectic Scots Renaissance and Scots Baronial detailing, situated on a prominent corner site overlooking the main (A7) road into Hawick from the north.

At the time of the hotel's construction, Hawick Railway Station (closed 1969 and subsequently demolished) was directly across the road. It was billed as a 'first class family and commercial hotel' offering 'home comforts at modest prices' and, according to an advertisement in Edgar's Hawick Guide, Directory, and Year Book of 1906, an electric bell would ring in the hotel five minutes before a train arrived in the station.

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