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Priorslynn, Cruck-Framed Building

A Category A Listed Building in Canonbie, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0733 / 55°4'23"N

Longitude: -2.9512 / 2°57'4"W

OS Eastings: 339362

OS Northings: 575836

OS Grid: NY393758

Mapcode National: GBR 79TS.W5

Mapcode Global: WH7Z3.MRW4

Entry Name: Priorslynn, Cruck-Framed Building

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334590

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3531

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Canonbie

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Parish: Canonbie

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

Probably built in the second half of 18th century. Clay-walled and cruck-framed agricultural building. Two compartments perhaps originally comprising barn and byre/stable, but now a store. Long rectangular-plan with clay-walled central partition and five pairs of crucks.

Outer walls: rubble footings, narrow coursed clay/pebble mix bound with intermediate layers of straw; substantial repairs in rubble and ashlar including some 19th century stugged quoins. Rectangular opening central on south wall of each compartment with ashlar dressings. Original walling badly damaged at west and replaced by corrugated iron sheeting.

Crucks: fairly large and well-wrought crucks on stone footings set within wall thickness; collar-beams half-lap jointed and pegged to blades. Central cruck frame encased by partition wall, latter stabilised by timber lath frame. West compartment (original byre/stable) has cobbled floor, and brick repairs on inner face of west gable. East part (at slightly higher level) has earthen floor.

Roof originally thatched, now covered with corrugated iron.

Statement of Interest

A very rare survival - unique in this area - of a once widespread building type.

Thatched buildings are often traditionally built, showing distinctive local and regional building methods and materials. Those that survive are important in helping us understand these traditional skills and an earlier way of life.

Listed building record revised in 2019 as part of the Thatched Buildings Listing Review 2017-19.

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