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Latitude: 55.7496 / 55°44'58"N
Longitude: -2.2955 / 2°17'43"W
OS Eastings: 381546
OS Northings: 650727
OS Grid: NT815507
Mapcode National: GBR D1DY.TS
Mapcode Global: WH8X8.QR25
Entry Name: 7 and 8 Sinclair's Hill, with Former Smithy
Listing Date: 9 June 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 391088
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44515
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Earlier to mid 19th century. Picturesque row of irregular paired, single storey and attic estate cottages and smithy (originally group of 3 cottages and smithy) in Cotswold Tudor vernacular. Roughly squared and snecked sandstone with ashlar dressings, deeply chamfered arrises. Smithy to outer left. Stone mullions.
No 7: at centre. Gabled stone porch on Jacobean battered columns; slightly advanced tripartite window to right, gabled stone dormer above, timber-mullioned tripartite to left with stone wallhead dormer above with further tripartite windows.
No 8: to outer right. Gabled porch at centre with slightly advanced, 4-light window to right, tripartite in stone gabled dormer above; tripartite to left and bipartite gabled stone dormer above; advanced gabled bay to outer right comprised of tripartite window to front at ground (replacement mullions) and carved ribbon bearing name 'Sinclair's Hill' below bipartite in gablehead above, bipartite on return to left. Substantial modern addition to rear.
SMITHY: gabled outer wing to left, near mirror of that to right, with tirpartite at ground and bipartite above, carved horse-shoe relief over attic window; door on return to left, with tripartite flanking, and window on return to right.
Plate glass glazing largely in timber sash and case windows (some replacements), and diamond-pane glazing to sash and case of smithy windows. Graded grey slates: 19 the century rooflights and modern Velux. Sawtooth coping to skews and bracketed skewputts. Stone ridges with stacks, battered coping.
Part of the B Group of Sinclair's Hill, with Nos 1-5, No 6, and the former School. The parent estate is that of Kimmerghame, though the hamlet was apparently founded by Sir Archibald James Murray of Sinclair, who married into the Kimmerghame estate. The cottages are quite probably the work of Burn and Bryce who were active on the estate in these years, or possibly George Smith who designed the North Lodge to Kimmerghame House in 1835, a one-time assistant to Burn.
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