Andrew’s plea over ‘haunted house’

Andrew Cranston's uncle Walter painted this picture of The Stables from memory in 1960
Andrew Cranston's uncle Walter painted this picture of The Stables from memory in 1960
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A FORMER Hawick man is hoping to shed some light on a mysterious house which used to be situated in Wilton Lodge Park.

Andrew Cranston has been researching the house, known as The Stables, which was behind the museum and was knocked down in 1950.

The artist, who now lives in Glasgow, is keen to gather information about the house ahead of a proposed exhibition in the museum next year.

He said: “It’s a really unusual house. I spoke to somebody when I was last down in Hawick and they were in their 80s. They said it was known as a haunted or spooky house and the kids used to run past it.”

Andrew explained that it was rented by the council to his grandparents Walter and Harvey Cranston and stayed in the family through the 1920s to the 1940s.

He added: “The main tower was octagonal and there were two wings. On the left-hand side it used to be a house but they took the floors out and kept horses in it.

“On the other side was where my dad’s family lived.”

As well as paintings and possibly old photographs, Andrew is working with an architect in a bid to create models of the house.

He said: “It’s about choosing something that’s gone and seeing if we can bring it back.”

Anyone with information about the house can email Andrew on a.cranston@rgu.ac.uk or write to Andrew Cranston, 1-2, 14 Great George Street, Glasgow G12 8NA.