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Arniston Policies, Sunken Garden, Ornamental Urn

A Category C Listed Building in Borthwick, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8208 / 55°49'14"N

Longitude: -3.0763 / 3°4'34"W

OS Eastings: 332659

OS Northings: 659141

OS Grid: NT326591

Mapcode National: GBR 61Y4.S7

Mapcode Global: WH6T7.QY8K

Entry Name: Arniston Policies, Sunken Garden, Ornamental Urn

Listing Date: 19 March 1998

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 391957

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45142

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Borthwick

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

Parish: Borthwick

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Early 19th century. Circular, carved stone ornamental urn on square pedestal. Waisted, fluted base; leaf and dart rim; 3 curved steps to domed finial.

Statement of Interest

The sunken garden, to the south of Arniston House, is a highly original example of informal garden planning. Separated from the house by steeply sloping parkland, it runs either side of Purvies Hill Burn, although the garden ornaments are primarily on the north bank. Originally the ornamental urns, benches and bridges were surrounded by informal clusters of trees and plants. These were replaced by more formal carpet bedding, although today the garden ornaments themselves are all that survive (1997).

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