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Latitude: 55.7497 / 55°44'58"N
Longitude: -2.2959 / 2°17'45"W
OS Eastings: 381522
OS Northings: 650744
OS Grid: NT815507
Mapcode National: GBR D1DY.QQ
Mapcode Global: WH8X8.PRX2
Entry Name: Sinclair's Hill, Former School
Listing Date: 9 June 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 333005
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2134
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Earlier to mid 19th century. Single storey and attic Cotswold Tudor former school, rectangular-plan, 4- x 1-bay. Roughly squared and snecked sandstone with deeply chamfered arrises and ashlar dressings: stone mullions.
ENTRANCE ELEVATION: 4-bay. Recessed bay wo outer left with bipartite window, tripartite windows in bays to centre flanking slightly advanced shouldered wallhead stack; broad gabled bay to right with 4-centre arched door, hoodmould and blank tablet above.
SW ELEVATION: small window to left and large tripartite at centre, with small gablehead light above.
NE ELEVATION: bipartite window.
REAR ELEVATION: 3 tripartite windows to main block, door to recessed bay to right.
Timber lying-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows. Slate roof with bands of fishscale slates. Sawtooth coped skews and bracketed skewputts. Stone ridge with metal ventilators. Modern Velux rooflights to rear.
INTERIOR: not seen 1997.
Part of the Sinclair's Hill B Group, with Nos 1-5, No 6 and 7-8 Sinclair's Hill, built for the Kimmerghame estate. The NSA stated that the proprietor of Kimmerghame made provision for a school and master's house, and a stipend of ?10 per annum, and Groome reports that in the closing years of the 19th century the school could seat 100 pupils but that the average attendance was 47. However, confusion arises over the inclusion of a school room in the original design for what is now the Old School House, apparently later in date, and certainly unable to seat 100 comfortably. This school may thus be later in date, replacing an earlier building on the site, carefully en suite with the earlier cottages and built to cope with a larger population. If it is an earlier hall rather than a school, it may have been designed by Burn and Bryce who were active on the estate in these years, or possibly George Smith who designed the North Lodge to Kimmerghame House in 1835, a one-time assistant to Burn.
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