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Drygrange, Walled Garden

A Category B Listed Building in Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.6099 / 55°36'35"N

Longitude: -2.6696 / 2°40'10"W

OS Eastings: 357918

OS Northings: 635349

OS Grid: NT579353

Mapcode National: GBR 93SK.VT

Mapcode Global: WH7WQ.Y8Y6

Entry Name: Drygrange, Walled Garden

Listing Date: 4 June 1991

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352998

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18836

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Melrose

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Parish: Melrose

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Description

Possibly 17th century and later alterations of various dates. Large walled garden to E of house. Earliest rubble portions possibly dating to 17th century including roundel to W wall, subsquently rebuilt with ashlar copings; part brick-lined; gateways rebuilt in ashlar circa 1906 to designs of D M Peddie and C G H Kinnear.

Elaborate Jacobean gateway to W: fluted Roman-Doric pilasters with broken pediment and Jacobethan obelisk finials; arched entrance with decorative wrought-iron gates of 1906. Wall section to right (S section of W wall) rebuilt in brick.

Late 20th century house with contemporary landscaped garden set within walls.

Statement of Interest

Part of a B-Group including 'Drygrange House (Grangehall Care Home, Formerly St Andrew's College) Including Garden Terrace Walls to South'; 'Drygrange, Walled Garden'; ' Drygrange, North Lodge Including Gates, Gatepiers and Quadrant Walls'; 'Drygrange, South Lodge Including Gates, Gatepiers and Quadrant Walls'; 'Drygrange, House to North of Steading'; 'Drygrange, Stables and Steading' and 'Drygrange, Summerhouse'.

The footprint of Drygrange Walled Garden, which nestles within a natural bend in the course of the Leader Water, predates the present house and possibly dates back as far as the 17th century. The lands of Drygrange were owned during the 16th and 17th centuries by Melrose Abbey. The Walled Garden is particularly notable in its laterday form for its grand Neo-Jacobean entrance with fine scrolled wrought-iron gates of 1906 by renowned Edinburgh architects, Peddie and Washington Browne, who also remodelled the South Lodge in 1905 (see separare listing).

List description updated at resurvey (2010).

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