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Latitude: 55.552 / 55°33'7"N
Longitude: -2.8379 / 2°50'16"W
OS Eastings: 347234
OS Northings: 629016
OS Grid: NT472290
Mapcode National: GBR 84M7.DL
Mapcode Global: WH7WV.CQV4
Entry Name: 9, 10 and 11 Thornfield Avenue, Thornfield House
Listing Date: 11 December 1996
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 390451
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43822
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire
Traditional County: Selkirkshire
Circa 1870 with later additions and alterations. 2-storey, 5-bay Italianate house with 2-storey, single linking bay to 2-storey 5-bay annexe. Bull-faced sandstone with polished ashlar dressings. Base course, band course between ground and 1st floor.
SE ELEVATION: grouped 1-5-1-5 (house-link-annexe). HOUSE: 5-bay with tower to outer left. M-gabled slightly advanced 2-bay group with advanced quadripartite window spanning bays; window at 1st floor above to each bay. Door at ground of bay to outer right with fanlight above. 2 small windows at ground of bay to left of centre with bipartite stairwindow at 1st floor above. Single storey bay to outer left with square plaque; eaves course and shaped parapet. LINK: set back. Door with fanlight above; window flanking to right. ANNEXE: blank bay to centre. Window to each floor of immediately flanking bays; 1st floor windows breaking eaves and gabled. Door in bay to outer right with plate glass rectangular fanlight above; window at 1st floor above, breaking eaves and gabled. Small window at ground of bay to outer left with small window to right at 1st floor.
TOWER: slightly advanced 3-stage tower; band course between 2nd and 3rd stages; cill course to 3rd stage with moulded string course at shoulder. SE ELEVATION: panelled door at ground with semicircular fanlight above and pilastered, consoled and corniced doorpiece; window at 2nd stage of tower; 2 round-arched windows at 3rd stage; round opening to gablehead. SW ELEVATION: single storey addition at ground with asymmetrical bipartite window; window at 2nd stage; round-arched lights to tripartite window.
SW ELEVATION: enlarged opening at ground to centre with modern plate glass sliding doors and fanlight; window at 1st floor above. Slightly advanced bay to left with former bipartite window at ground (recently altered to door opening, window to right); bipartite window at 1st floor above.
NW ELEVATION: 8-bay, grouped 2-1-3-3. 3-bay group to centre: cill course at 1st floor. Window to each bay at ground; window flanking centre at 1st floor, breaking eaves with gabled dormerheads. 2-storey, 3-bay advanced group to right: band course between floors; corbelled cills to each window. Bipartite window to each floor to centre. Canted 3-light full-height window to each flanking bays with bipartite window to centre light of each; swept to square at gablehead, each with roundel in bay to left gabled. Single storey, single bay to left of central group: gabled and blank; bipartite window breaking eaves with gabled dormerhead, NE return elevation with further small window to left. 2-bay group to outer left: recently blinded window at ground of bay to left, window at 1st floor above, breaking eaves as above; modern flush door and plate glass rectangular fanlight at ground of bay to right with window at 1st floor (as above).
4-pane and plate glass timber sash and case windows. Slate roof to each section. Ashlar coped stacks to main house with some stencilled cans. Wallhead sandstone and coped stack to centre of SE elevation of annexe; wallhead coped stack to gablehead of bay to left of central group, NW elevation.
INTERIOR: timber panelled dado to hall and stair; timber stair banister.
The house was, according to present occupants, built for James Brown (known as James Selkirk), the poet and also mill owner (see listing of monument). 3rd edition OS map (1897) shows that there was a conservatory to the SE. During the War it was used for training by the ARP, and subsequently for nurses. It is currently a nursing home for the elderly.
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