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Fluthers Cottage, Earlston

A Category B Listed Building in Earlston, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6381 / 55°38'17"N

Longitude: -2.6746 / 2°40'28"W

OS Eastings: 357630

OS Northings: 638490

OS Grid: NT576384

Mapcode National: GBR 93R7.RQ

Mapcode Global: WH7WJ.WKK3

Plus Code: 9C7VJ8QG+65

Entry Name: Fluthers Cottage, Earlston

Listing Name: 'Fluthers Cottage' by South Croft Park

Listing Date: 17 May 1991

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 337744

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6218

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Earlston

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Parish: Earlston

Traditional County: Berwickshire

Tagged with: Cottage

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Around mid-19th century small, two-room, single-storey three-bay cottage, retaining original thatched roof beneath subsequent corrugated iron roof and 'boxed' barge-boarding at eaves. Mixed rubble, part rendered at west gable, with squared sandstone dressings.

South (entrance) elevation: symmetrical with pair of 12-pane sash and case windows flanking door in timber lean-to porch. Eight-pane sash and case window close to ground to right in west gable.

Subsequent alterations: brick chimneystack at east rebuilt 20th century. Earlier A-frame adzes couples subsequently reinforced by dressed timber couples. Timber and corrugated iron roofed lean-to at east gable. Thatch beneath corrugated iron fixed directly onto purlins. Distinctive horizontally-layered turf skewputt possibly unique survivals of local vernacular technique.

Statement of Interest

Situated in yard behind premises of J. A. Halliday (plasterers), High Street, Earlston. Listed at category B because of unique survival of vernacular thatch.

It is among a relatively small number of traditional buildings with a surviving thatched roof found across Scotland. A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, published in 2016 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), found there were only around 200 buildings of this type remaining, most of which are found in small rural communities. 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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