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King's Hotel, 56 Market Street

A Category C Listed Building in Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6161 / 55°36'57"N

Longitude: -2.8057 / 2°48'20"W

OS Eastings: 349349

OS Northings: 636124

OS Grid: NT493361

Mapcode National: GBR 83VH.CM

Mapcode Global: WH7WN.W34H

Plus Code: 9C7VJ58V+CP

Entry Name: King's Hotel, 56 Market Street

Listing Name: 56 Market Street, King's Hotel

Listing Date: 14 November 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399242

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50708

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Galashiels

County: Scottish Borders

Town: Galashiels

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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Circa 1905. 3-storey with upper breaking eaves, 7-bay irregular-plan hotel. Whin rubble with red sandstone ashlar dressings; rock-faced to upper floors. Harled to rear. First floor string course, second floor signage band course. Stop-chamfered window surrounds.

FRONT (EAST) ELEVATION: regular fenestration. Bipartites and single windows. Timber barge-boarded dormer-heads.

Timber sash and case plate glass windows. Purple slate roof. Clay ridges and ashlar skews. Wallhead stacks. Cast iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: substantially modernised but retaining features such as plasterwork and the formal timber stair.

Statement of Interest

Although relatively late in date for its style, the King's Hotel in Market Street makes a significant contribution to the streetscape on this most prominent of streets. This imposing building is well-detailed and well-built, a good example of an early 20th century commercial hotel.

The present King's Hotel dates to the early 20th century, and replaced an earlier hotel on the site (The Volunteer Arms). King's Temperance Hotel was previously on the corner of Overhaugh Street and Market Street.

On the present site in the late 19th century there was both a 3-bay, 3-storey building (possibly a house) and the Volunteer's Arms, which appears from early photographs to be a 3 or 4 bay 3-storey Hotel. The present building follows exactly the line of this block and it is unclear if part of the older building was retained.

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