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The Kennels, Abbey St Bathans Including Railings, Garden Wall and Front and Rear Courtyards

A Category C Listed Building in Abbey St Bathans, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.8497 / 55°50'58"N

Longitude: -2.381 / 2°22'51"W

OS Eastings: 376243

OS Northings: 661900

OS Grid: NT762619

Mapcode National: GBR C0TS.9W

Mapcode Global: WH8WV.D7FC

Entry Name: The Kennels, Abbey St Bathans Including Railings, Garden Wall and Front and Rear Courtyards

Listing Date: 16 December 1997

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 391642

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44914

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Abbey St Bathans

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Abbey St Bathans

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Earlier to mid 19th century with later porch to front; lean-to addition at rear. 2-storey, 3-bay L-plan gabled cottage advanced to right with single storey, 2-bay rectangular-plan garage wing recessed to outer right adjoining adjacent property. Harl-pointed rubble whinstone; cream sandstone dressings. Overhanging timber bracketed eaves; timber bargeboards. Lightly droved sandstone margins to stop-chamfered openings; sandstone mullions; projecting cills.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: flat-roofed, glazed modern porch centred in re-entrant angle at ground; original lean-to entrance set behind. Bipartite window at ground in bay to left; 2-light canted oriel centred in gablehead. Lower broader gabled bay advanced to right of centre comprising 4-light canted window at ground with bracketed canopy above; single window centred in gablehead. 2-leaf boarded timber, square-headed garage doors in lower bay recessed to right; 2 leaf boarded timber segmental-arched carriage doors in bay to outer right.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: 6-bay. Bipartite window at ground off set to right of centre; boarded timber door in subsequent bay to right; bipartite, gableheaded dormer breaking eaves off-set to right above; lean-to addition in bay to outer right. Lower 3-bay wing to left comprising small single window centred at ground; bipartite window in bay to outer left; boarded timber door in bay to outer right; bipartite, gableheaded attic light centred above.

Predominantly lying-pane windows; some plate glass glazing in timber sash and windows at rear; small skylights. Grey slate roof; cast-iron rainwater goods. Apex and wallhead stacks rebuilt in red brick; circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1997.

RAILINGS: simple wrought-iron railings enclosing garden to front.

GARDEN WALL: rubble coped rubble wall enclosing garden to rear.

FRONT AND REAR COURTYARDS: geometric-patterned cobbled courtyard to front of garage block (mutual with adjoining property). Plain cobbled courtyard to rear.

Statement of Interest

B Group with adjoining range, The Riverside, and the nearby lodge and stables, formerly associated with Abbey St Bathans House (see separate list entries). A former gamekeeper's cottage, The Kennels is thought to date from the earlier to mid 19th century and a period of 'improvement' funded the Heritors of Abbey St Bathans, the Turnbull family. Lawyers by trade and Heritors of the parish from 1786, the Turnbulls invested a significant sum of money in the development of the area. Thus, the building of a new manse, the upgrading of a number of existing farms and the erection of high quality homes for estate workers (see separate list entry for The Square). Today, all these -improvements' remain much as they did when first complete and are therefore, rare examples of a 19th century development funded by three generations of the same family. Despite the addition of a porch, The Kennels has retained some good detailing and forms an interesting group with the adjoining complex - see separate list entry for The Riverside.

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