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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
Plus Code: 9C7VGPV6+HJ
Entry Name: Mertoun Cottage, Main Street, Town Yetholm
Listing Name: Main Street, Mertoun Cottage
Listing Date: 29 November 1993
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 353751
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19414
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Kelso and District
Traditional County: Roxburghshire
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.
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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