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The Riverside, Abbey St Bathans Including Former Sawmill, Kennels, Railings, Cobbled Courtyard and Garden Wall

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

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Latitude: 55.8497 / 55°50'58"N

Longitude: -2.3807 / 2°22'50"W

OS Eastings: 376259

OS Northings: 661895

OS Grid: NT762618

Mapcode National: GBR C0TS.CW

Mapcode Global: WH8WV.D7KD

Entry Name: The Riverside, Abbey St Bathans Including Former Sawmill, Kennels, Railings, Cobbled Courtyard and Garden Wall

Listing Date: 16 December 1997

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 391650

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44918

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. Single storey with attic, near T-plan range with commercial premises to front, remains of former sawmill to side (NE), former kennels at rear. Harl-pointed rubble whinstone; sandstone dressings (lightly droved in part); part brick built gabled addition to SE. Overhanging timber bracketed eaves; timber bargeboards to gableheads and dormers. Stop-chamfered sandstone surrounds to openings; sandstone mullions; projecting cills.

COMMERCIAL PREMISES, NW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 5 bay. Boarded timber door in penultimate bay to outer left; bipartite, gabled dormer above. Tripartite window at ground in bay to outer left. Boarded timber door at ground in bay off-set to right of centre; single window in subsequent bay to right; bipartite attic light beneath gable in bay to outer right. SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: steps to part glazed boarded timber door with small-paned sidelights in bay to right (former cart opening); single window in bay to outer left. Gabled wing advanced to outer right (former kennels) with boarded timber door at ground in bay to left; single window centred beneath apex.

SAWMILL, NE (FRONT) ELEVATION: single storey range with flush, gabled bay to outer right; later gabled wing projecting to outer left. Catslide corrugated-iron roof spanning length of original range; sawmill equipment within including saw bench by 'T Brown & Sons Duns'. Projecting wing to outer left with square headed garage opening to right; boarded timber door at ground off-set to left of centre; stair to boarded timber door at 1st floor in bay to left. SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: 3-bay; adjoining former kennels to left. Single window at ground off-set to left of centre; boarded timber door in bay to outer left; tripartite window breaking eaves beneath kingpost-trussed gable in bay to outer right. Mill lade and Francis turbine.

KENNELS, S (FRONT) ELEVATION: lower 2-bay wing adjoining former sawmill forming T-plan. Boarded timber doors in both bays. RAILINGS: simple wrought-iron railings enclosing coped exercise area to front.

Predominantly lying-pane glazing in timber windows; some replacement small-pane glazing to SW; small skylights. Grey slate roofs; corrugated-iron roof to sawmill. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Brick built ridge stacks; single circular can to S.

INTERIOR: majority converted for use as commercial premises. Kennels and sawmill not in use 1997.

COBBLED COURTYARD AND GARDEN WALL: plain cobbled courtyard to front; rubble coped rubble wall enclosing site to NW.

Statement of Interest

B Group with the adjoining cottage - The Kennels, and the nearby lodge and stables, formerly associated with Abbey St Bathans House (see separate list entries). An interesting range with some good detailing. Although no longer used, the sawmill remains intact with its relatively rare Francis turbine set in the lade below. The kennels too, although unused, remain much as they were when first built, with their boarded timber doors and simple railed enclosure. The Riverside complex 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. The cobbled courtyard to the side of the commercial premises is listed with The Kennels (see separate list entry).

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