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Hawick

Hawick - my hometown and the cradle of the knitwear industry in Scotland, is the largest settlement in the Scottish Borders. Famous for it's annual Common Riding, rugby, fishing, beautiful scenery and Pringle of Scotland, it is a veritable haven for urbexing.

More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawick

In the coming months I hope to introduce you to some of the great buildings in the town and it's surrounds. First up though are general photos taken on a scorching March afternoon this year... enjoy!
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Branxholme Road (tester shot)


Wilton Hill Terrace


Teviotdale Leisure Centre - former Hawick Railway Station - built on the demolished site in 1982


The edge of the extended goods sidings
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Princes Street


River Teviot from the new road bridge


Foundations of the columns that carried the railway viaduct over the river are still visible in the water


North Bridge - former A7 road and the Carnegie Library on the left
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Carnegie Library, North Bridge Street


Hawick YM RFC Social Club (disused), Wilton Lane

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The B-Listed Wilton Mills, used variously by Dickson and Laings knitwear and Scottish Borders Council are among the oldest in the town. They have a distinctive clock tower and numerous outbuildings but are set to be demolished to make way for flats! The past decade has been unkind - abandoned in 1998 and gutted by both fire and flood.



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Part of the mills survived until recently as a second hand furniture outlet


...but goodness knows how they got a car in here...an evil one at that!!!



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...back to Commercial Road side of the Wilton Mills.




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A wonderful wooden staircase up to the top of the clock tower!



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Hmm, may need radio carbon-dated!!!  





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Pigeon flew out from an alcove and I pat my shants!!!  





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After our near miss with the pigeon, we headed off a quick ganders around the town;

Footbridge, Commercial Road


Up the Teviot to Wilton Mills


Teviot south to the Sandbed



Award winning James Thomson footbridge
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Common Haugh


High School footbridge


Sandbed - the split of the Slitrig and Teviot rivers


Albert Bridge
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Mill Port - disused warehouse




Traffic nightmare that is the Sandbed - 5 roads into one!


Drumlanrig Square - once the home of Hawick's very own Rotten Row - demolished by public prescription and replaced with a formal garden.
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St. Mary's Auld Kirk - the original was the second oldest building in the town before it was replaced with a newer model in the 18th century. The graveyard however contains much older graves.



Kirk Wynd



Gates of the kirk with the town's coat of arms
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Silver Street


River Slitrig


National Turnbull Monument, Tower Dykeside


Heart Of Hawick Heritage Hub - an award winnning transformation of a derelict mill and burnt out nightclub into a family heritage centre, a cinema/theatre and a cafe.



Drumlanrig's Tower - the oldest building in Hawick and used as the family home of the Black Douglases , a medieval inn, a hotel frequented by Robert Burns and Walter Scott, a museum and now a textile industry heritage centre.
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High Street with the Town Hall and Clock to the right


Cross Wynd - the toilets on the left once housed the local Jail


Allars Bank


The Waverley Route leaving Hawick towards Carlisle
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Wellogate Place


Former Co-op stables, Elm Court




Brougham Place Gardens
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'The Horse' - the 1514 monument erected to commemorate the valiant young men of the town who fought off maurading English invaders after the battle of Flodden Field - and who captured the enemy's battle banner in doing so!


Looking down the High Street from 'Coffin End' or 'the Pru'


Former Conservative Club, now the Bourtree Pub


Duke Street


New Fire Station (c.1970s), Howdenbank
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Allotments and Park, Guthrie Drive



Stirches Road
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Our walk took us out of Hawick on a route devised by local historian Ian Landles in his book "Walking in the Land of the Reivers."

Stirches




Leahead Loch
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Eddie Simpson memorial bench





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Whitehaugh Moor




The 'forty fits'


Beano

Hawick good stuff, Fastnet will be well chuffed wi the sheep photies        
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Cringie Law
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William H. Ogilvie - Border Poet - memorial cairn and chair



Ashkirk to Roberton minor road


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You know you are in the middle of nowhere when you encounter passing places and cattle grids  


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Leap's Linn - until the advent of the foreign holiday a popular picnic destination for local Teris




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Sheilswood Loch and boating house



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Moss Knowe Woodland




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Hayside Shepherd's Cottage (ruins) and Drinkstone Hill




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Drinkstone trig point (312 metres above sea level)




Sunnybank Drove Road


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Stirches Recycling Depot - derelict



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Stirches Convent





Vintage car or new model for the town?  
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Stirches Burn


Hawick Welcome Sign - former Scotland in Bloom winner!


Wilton Cemetery, Burnfoot (resting place of many of my family and ancestors)


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Waverley Path - former railway line out of Hawick to Edinburgh


Mansfield Road




Former Pringle factory, Arthur Street (Pringle has now relocated to Asia)

Alex Glass

Wow absolutely brilliant set of Photos Hawick. love to see good photos of the countryside and Hawick looks like a very bautiful place I should vist there sometime

   
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Steep embankment which carried the railway level with the high bank on the other side of the river towards the Station.


Some more of the former railway trackbed
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Cheers Beano and Alex. Hawick and the Borders contain some stunning buildings and commanding scenery not unlike the Highlands or even Argyll. I highly recommend a visit (in my totally unbiased opinion!!!     )

As for the sheep Ben, I'm staying clear of that one  
cybers

Cracking Set Hawick ... no been doon there since my pal moved to Cumbernauld but out of interest is the convent closed now    
It looks like it needs photographed more indepth if the penguins are away.
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I heard it was turned into a nursing home around 2009. But some of the buildings are out of use, so a good urbex is in order  
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The Waverley Route Heritage Association was founded in 2001, some 30 years after the last of the tracks were lifted on the Edinburgh Waverley - Carlisle Citadel route. My brother and I visited the group's headquarters on 19th August and walked an 11 mile section of the trackbed from near Riccarton Junction (as covered by Charlie Endell here - http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/about3167.html) to the ex-Stobs Military Camp 4.5 miles south of Hawick.



The only existing level crossing on the modern Waverley Line, taking the Forestry Commission road to the car park - it is inactive, awaiting the rebuilding of the tracks to Whitrope Tunnel



Whitrope Summit looking north, with signs erected by the WRHA


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Approach to Whitrope Tunnel south portal




Stonework at the Tunnel entrance






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A collapse in 2002 has caused the Tunnel to be shut off to the public - but as Casey has said previously there is a way in. Torches were required and we were ill-prepared this time!!!






Southbound to Whitrope




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Whitrope Siding was little more than a stop-off for railway workers when the line was still in service, never being listed as a station. However, it was ideal as a starting point for the WRHA and with generous volunteers and donations has blossomed from nothing more than trackbed into this;








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Original carriage from the Waverley Route


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Inside two former South Western Trains passenger carriages - rechristened the 'Waverley' - there is a small kitchen, storage, a shop with excellent books and DVDs but best of all an exhibit on the Waverley Route with authentic items recovered from the original line and in some cases restored to past glories!






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One of the most harrowing posters ever to be seen in Hawick!


A 0.5 mile section of track has been re-laid by the WRHA over the course of a decade. It runs from Whitrope Siding to the 'Golden Bridge' no.200 - but needs an act of parliament to go any further as it crosses over a public highway! Public Services were resumed here in July 2012, and you receive a special ticket for your 5 journey.


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Inside the driver's cab! Lessons are available at certain times of the year under special permit!!!




Golden Bridge no.200 - the end of the line, with the road to Newcastleton passing underneath


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Inside the Hartlepool Power Station train




Whitrope Sidings Cottage






Bridge no.199


Old Carriages - used as storage


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Better view of Golden Bridge and the road protected by parliament...


A footbridge salvaged from Eskbank further north on the old line - well worth a watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_rSPzyNpZk





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Ninestane Rig Cutting - one of the longest in the U.K. - southbound to Riccarton Junction (my picture doesn't capture the full length)






Last train of the day!


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...and so began our 11 mile adventure in what can only be described as the heaviest rain in the history of rain which lasted for six straight hours.

Surface vents from Whitrope Tunnel


150 year old spoil heaps from construction of the Tunnel




Whitrope Summit southbound to Whitrope Sidings


Whitrope Summit northbound to Shankend Station
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Whitrope Tunnel northern portal








Northbound to Shankend
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Former footbridge




Trackbed debris




Northern approach to Whitrope Tunnel - Forestry Commission tracks




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I can just picture a passing steam locomotive!!!




These locals were not amused!


From the trackbed looking north over the Hawick to Newcastleton road
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Shankend signal box, which has been converted to a holiday home and is currently up for sale for 1 along with the viaduct nearby.










Southbound to Whitrope
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The majestic former Shankend Station and goods sidings have been faithfully kept in great condition by the current owners


Former down platform




Station building


Southern approach


Goods platform


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Shankend Viaduct - a glorious 15 arch, 597 feet, B-listed structure - northbound to Stobs






Southbound to Shankend Station


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We discovered a window into a series of chambers - all contained within an arch of the viaduct






Shankend hamlet, Station building and viaduct
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Northbound to Stobs








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Elliot's Field, an abandoned farmhouse next to Slitrig Water


Approach to Primrose Cottages






An original concrete sleeper base
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Primrose Cottages - built for the railway and used for navvies, signalmen and later holiday goers before falling into disrepair in the 1990s






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Stobs Castle in this blurred pic; the embankment here has a gaping 30 foot hole due to a landslide with a remarkably strong fence suspended in mid air along the length!!!


Northbound approach to Stobs






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Stobs Military Camp was instituted shortly after the Boer War as an army training ground - the Scottish Aldershot. It held German POWs during both WWI and WWII, was a base for the Polish Military and latterly a TA training ground before closing in 1959.

Although it had its own purpose built station and sidings, Stobs Station was actually closer to the camp and more regularly used.

Northbound approach to Stobs Station






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One of only two remaining original station overbridges on the line (the other is at Hassendean Station)






The station sign is long gone but the waiting bench and posts remain
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Edinburgh platform


Stationmaster's House




Ticket Office


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Barnes Viaduct carried the line north onto Hawick, but we came off the trackbed and used the Newcastleton Road to get back home












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Stobs War Memorial




Ackreknowe Pig Farm






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Around 4 miles later, the railway passed over the Slitrig at the now demolished Lywnwood Viaduct - closed because it was being taken apart by locals for the stonework!

Surviving pillar foundations




The high end of the southern approach to the viaduct, complete with steps installed by the WRHA
Doog Doog

Fantastic!
katimac

This is a fantastic collection of photos Hawick        
sputnik

great work hawick. shankend signal box on the market for 90,000.
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sputnik wrote:
great work hawick. shankend signal box on the market for 90,000.


But apparently the owners are willing to sell the Box and Viaduct for a token 1 if they agree to pay for upkeep - 1000s per year as they are both listed.
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katimac wrote:
This is a fantastic collection of photos Hawick


Cheers Katimac  
Charlie Endell

Tremendous Hawick   . Highly enjoyable Sunday morning viewing.
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A link to the new Hawick forums, which are dedicated to recording every aspect of life in the town and its surrounding area.

http://projecthawick.forumatic.com

Any new members and contributions from fellow UGers are welcome!  
Glasgow Loon

Some good news for Hawick :-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-19968231
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Glasgow Loon wrote:
Some good news for Hawick :-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-19968231


Superb news Mr Loon  
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First full thread completed in great detail over on 'Project Hawick,' all about the Burnfoot Housing Estate.

Link: http://projecthawick.forumatic.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=200
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Project Hawick is now on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/ProjectHawick

Like us, post comments on Hawick related topics, upload photos and join in the discussion!  
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Project Hawick and UG mentioned in this week's Southern Reporter: http://www.thesouthernreporter.co...ories-of-auld-grey-toon-1-2596516
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Project Hawick is in this week's Hawick News.

We have also launched a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/projecthawick

Subscribe, leave comments or upload your videos
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Hello fellow UG members. Calling all refugees who have a vague interest in Hawick! Our forums have been given a lick of (digital) paint. Join for free and come see where we have ripped off Urban Glasgow...

http://projecthawick.forumatic.com/index.php

An aerial R.A.F. commission from 1944 of Hawick Station and the prefabs at Silverbuthall in the background.
James

Cracking picture.

I know the earth embankment towards the bottom of that picture has been
removed but has anything significant been built on that area? It'd be good to
see the railway return to Hawick.

Also, it's amazing how much of the platforms extended over the river.
I'd imagine any new station would be on the other side of the river given
there'd be no need for a goods yard anymore.



James H
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