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Arniston Policies, Ornamental Pillar

A Category B Listed Building in Borthwick, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8215 / 55°49'17"N

Longitude: -3.0778 / 3°4'40"W

OS Eastings: 332566

OS Northings: 659223

OS Grid: NT325592

Mapcode National: GBR 61Y3.GZ

Mapcode Global: WH6T7.PYK0

Entry Name: Arniston Policies, Ornamental Pillar

Listing Date: 22 January 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331240

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB810

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Borthwick

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

Parish: Borthwick

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Dated 1784. Circular, carved stone neo Classical ornamental pillar on square pedestal. Stepped base, reading "1784"; circular fluted shaft with central square dividing band course; carved oval medallions above and below; surmounted by marble urn with carved heads to left and right of base, carved frieze and spherical finial.

Statement of Interest

This very unusual garden ornament pre dates Thomas White's improvement plan for the grounds (1791) and the informalising of the estate of 1787-1819. It's position, axial with the house, suggests it was intended to complement the earlier formal garden plan.

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