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Smithy and Pall House Midlem Village

A Category B Listed Building in Bowden, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5382 / 55°32'17"N

Longitude: -2.7506 / 2°45'2"W

OS Eastings: 352725

OS Northings: 627425

OS Grid: NT527274

Mapcode National: GBR 947D.9J

Mapcode Global: WH7X2.Q2C4

Entry Name: Smithy and Pall House Midlem Village

Listing Date: 29 March 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 338323

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6659

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bowden

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Description

Pair of mid 18th century buildings in village green.

SMITHY: small single-storey 3-bay whitewashed rubble building, gabled, with chimney at W end. 2-pane fixed windows flanking timber half door on front elevation, single 4-pane window at rear. Scotch slate roof with 4 skylights glazed withpainted glass panels.

INTERIOR: double hearth, rubble built, with one remaining round bellows. Wooden storage racks and benches, hand shear, and drill. Lean-to wooden store to west. Cast-iron wheel-tyring ring inset into ground in front of door.

PALL HOUSE: East of Smithy, built 1769 by Midlem Pall Association.

Small rectangular whitewashed rubble building with slate roof. Modern boarded double door in front wall.

Statement of Interest

Smithy was in existence in 1769, when Pall House built. Pall House

built to house 2-wheeled hand-propelled proto-hearse, abandoned for this purpose in 19th century. This vehicle was required as the churchyard of Midlem is Bowden, several miles distant. Listed at B because of uniqueness of Pall House, and of completeness and early date of smithy.

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