HAMIL­TON TOWN HO­TEL: A HIS­TORY LES­SON...

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The Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel build­ing dates back to the mid-19th cen­tury.

Over the years the ho­tel, based at 29 Town­head Street, has been known as the Com­mer­cial Inn, Com­mer­cial Ho­tel and lat­terly the Town Ho­tel.

How­ever, it has lain empty, along with two re­tail units, for more than a decade.

The build­ing is also listed on His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land’s Build­ings at Risk Reg­is­ter. As the plans to de­mol­ish the site emerged this week, the West of Scot­land Archaeology Ser­vice sub­mit­ted their report to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil stat­ing the his­toric sig­nif­i­cance of the site it­self.

The report said:“the ap­pli­ca­tion site it­self is lo­cated in an area of the town oc­cu­pied prior to the mid-18th cen­tury, mean­ing that there may be some po­ten­tial for buried de­posits or arte­facts, to sur­vive be­low the current ground level.”

They rec­om­mended that if the South La­nark­shire Coun­cil were minded to grant per­mis­sion that “no de­vel­op­ment should take place within the site un­til the de­vel­oper has se­cured the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pro­gramme of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal works.”

A de­tailed report on the site’s his­tory can be found on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion at the coun­cil’s web­site.

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