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Main Street, Mertoun Cottage

A Category B Listed Building in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.544 / 55°32'38"N

Longitude: -2.2885 / 2°17'18"W

OS Eastings: 381894

OS Northings: 627844

OS Grid: NT818278

Mapcode National: GBR D4GB.BG

Mapcode Global: WH8Y7.TXF9

Entry Name: Main Street, Mertoun Cottage

Listing Date: 29 November 1993

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353751

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19414

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Yetholm

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Parish: Yetholm

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Description

Mid to later 18th century. Two-storey, three-bay, symmetrical thatched cottage, closing irregular terrace. Rendered with black painted timber lintels. Base course. Walls probably originally battered, now rendered.

East (entrance) elevation: bays grouped towards centre. Small windows. Doorway in centre bay with boarded door and bracketted canopy.

South elevation: gable end with window to right at ground and small window to right in gablehead.

Plate glass in sash and case windows. Steeply pitched reed-thatched roof with tiled ridge coping. Substantial harled chimneystack on south gablehead. Harled mutual chimneystack on north gable.

Statement of Interest

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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