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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 391957
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45142
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midlothian South
Traditional County: Midlothian
Early 19th century. Circular, carved stone ornamental urn on square pedestal. Waisted, fluted base; leaf and dart rim; 3 curved steps to domed finial.
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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