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Summerhouse, Drygrange House

A Category C Listed Building in Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6101 / 55°36'36"N

Longitude: -2.67 / 2°40'12"W

OS Eastings: 357890

OS Northings: 635368

OS Grid: NT578353

Mapcode National: GBR 93SK.RR

Mapcode Global: WH7WQ.Y8R2

Plus Code: 9C7VJ86H+2X

Entry Name: Summerhouse, Drygrange House

Listing Name: Drygrange, Summerhouse

Listing Date: 4 June 1991

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352999

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18837

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Melrose

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Parish: Melrose

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Circa 1904. Small, square-plan pantile-roofed summerhouse S of terraced garden, incorporating noteworthy early fragments from various sites. Roughly squared pink sandstone rubble interspersed with moulded stone fragments, most likely originated from Melrose Abbey but some possibly of Roman origin, incorporated as decorative features. Double opening with wrough-iron gates, now covered by later timber doors; niche to centre.

INTERIOR: partially oak lined; further late medieval and 17th century fragments (mounted on rear timber-lined wall) including a Gothic niche and a vaulting corbel, and a panel bearing the initials VL.

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 Drygrange summerhouse is unusual in that it incorporates an amalgamation of historic architectural fragments from various periods. It has been suggested that it was constructed largely from pieces of stone taken from remains of the Roman Fort located at nearby Newstead. The Gothic niche and the vaulting corbel inside the summerhouse both probably originate from Melrose Abbey. A polished granite urn has more recently been set in the niche between the doorways on the principal elevation.

List description updated at resurvey (2010).

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