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Latitude: 55.6112 / 55°36'40"N
Longitude: -2.803 / 2°48'10"W
OS Eastings: 349512
OS Northings: 635581
OS Grid: NT495355
Mapcode National: GBR 83VK.YC
Mapcode Global: WH7WN.X7D6
Entry Name: 10 Abbotsford Road, Former St Peter's Hall Including Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 14 November 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 399177
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50657
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District
Traditional County: Selkirkshire
Hay and Henderson, 1889. 2-storey, 5-bay, symmetrical rectangular-plan former church hall (now Air Cadet Training Core, 2006) on site steeply sloping to S. Slightly raised centre bays; canted bracketed timber window flanked by bipartite arched windows over 3 deep-set arches, now in-filled; prominent pyramidal ventilator. Coursed random whinstone rubble; rough whin quoins; smooth dressed rounded red sandstone dressings. Angled ground floor; bullnozed string course, plain timber boxed eaves. Small integral brick outhouse to SW. Later timber canopied brick and concrete entrance plinth to entrance to upper hall (W).
Predominantly timber sash and case windows (Georgian wired glass to ground); polygonal piended roofs with graduated thick slate; slated pyramidal ventilator to ridge at centre; scalloped clay ridge tiles; cast-iron rainwater goods, gutters recessed behind string course; tapered rubble eaves stack.
INTERIOR: original internal layout to ground floor includes small drill hall, services and general offices, with small tiled fireplaces and 4-panel doors. Main hall to upper floor subdivided with later 20th century timber partitions and suspended ceiling; original intricately arched beamed roof structure and stage still clearly evident both above and below the partitions.
BOUNDARY WALLS: stone coped boundary walls to N and W, railings to E belonging to church with which it shares its grounds.
St Peter's Church Hall is a good example of an unusual building type with fine stone detailing and complex roof design. It was built to complete a group with the adjacent St Peter's Church, and the Former St Peter's School making a significant impact the S side of Abbotsford Road.
The Edinburgh firm of Hay and Henderson carried out a number of commissions in Galashiels including Old Parish and St. Paul's Church, Woodlands House and the Public Library (see separate listings). All these buildings are executed in distinctly different styles illustrating the breadth of capabilities of this versatile architectural practice.
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