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Latitude: 55.4213 / 55°25'16"N
Longitude: -2.7896 / 2°47'22"W
OS Eastings: 350120
OS Northings: 614440
OS Grid: NT501144
Mapcode National: GBR 85YR.VF
Mapcode Global: WH7XG.3ZXT
Plus Code: 9C7VC6C6+G5
Entry Name: 2 Sandbed, Hawick
Listing Name: 2 and 3 Sandbed
Listing Date: 19 August 1977
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 378991
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34667
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Hawick and Hermitage
Traditional County: Roxburghshire
Early 19th century. 3-storey, 3-bay tenement with shop at ground floor, forming part of terrace. Coursed whinstone with polished red sandstone ashlar dressings and raised, long and short quoins. Canted glazed shopfront with central glazed timber door in lobby and dentilled, bracketed, break-front cornice.
Fixed plate glass to shopfront with vertical glazing bars; 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows elsewhere. Shared ashlar-coped rendered gablehead stack to right, with circular clay cans. Grey slate roof with metal ridge. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
A well-proportioned, externally almost unaltered early-19th-century tenement and shop, situated in a prominent position at the centre of Hawick. Sandbed was the focal point of the Burgh and the site of its marketplace until 1815, when the market was moved to Tower Knowe in preparation for the laying-out of Buccleuch Street as the main road south.
The shop at No 2-3 was the premises of W & J Kennedy, booksellers, for a long period: Walter Phillips Kennedy and John W Kennedy were both born c.1856, and John was living above the shop with his 63-year-old widowed mother Christine at the time of the 1881 Census. The firm continued until the 1960s. List description revised and category changed from B to C(S) following resurvey (2008).