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West Blanerne Farmhouse

A Category C Listed Building in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7997 / 55°47'59"N

Longitude: -2.2852 / 2°17'6"W

OS Eastings: 382219

OS Northings: 656308

OS Grid: NT822563

Mapcode National: GBR D1HC.2S

Mapcode Global: WH8X2.WH06

Plus Code: 9C7VQPX7+VW

Entry Name: West Blanerne Farmhouse

Listing Name: West Blanerne Farmhouse Including Greenhouse, Boundary Walls and Gates

Listing Date: 16 August 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393586

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46317

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bunkle and Preston

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Bunkle And Preston

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Possibly later 18th century in origin with later additions and alterations. 2-storey farmhouse comprising symmetrical 3-bay, plain classical style entrance front; rectangular-plan wing at rear forming L-plan with prominent bowed bays centred at E and W; 2-bay wing at rear forming U-plan with further single storey and attic, single bay addition to side. Harl-pointed tooled sandstone rubble (whinstone in part); sandstone ashlar dressings. Droved quoins; droved long and short surrounds to openings; sandstone mullions to bipartite and tripartite openings; projecting cills throughout.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: projecting tripartite ashlar doorpiece centred at ground with boarded timber door, plate glass fanlight, narrow side-lights, plain frieze, cornice, blocking course; single window aligned at 1st floor. Single windows at both floors in flanking bays. Blind elevation to single storey range slightly recessed to outer right.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: full-height bowed projection at centre with glazed door and side-lights centred at ground; tripartite window aligned at 1st floor (narrow side-lights); single windows at both floors in flanking bays.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: main 2-bay block with bipartite window at ground off-set to right of centre; squat bipartite window off-set to left above; square-headed doorway at ground in bay to left; single window off-set to right above. Single storey with attic, single bay wing to outer left with bipartite window at ground; catslide, tripartite dormer breaking eaves above.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: full-height bowed projection at centre with large stair window off-set to left. 2-storey wing advanced to outer left with single storey addition adjoined at ground; single window at 1st floor off-set to right of centre. 2-storey and single storey with attic wing advanced to outer right with single storey, lean-to addition adjoined at ground.

Predominantly 4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; decorative flashings to bowed projection. Corniced and rendered ridge stacks; various circular cans.

INTERIOR: spiral stair in bowed projection to W with timber treads, plain iron uprights, timber handrail. Living room in bowed projection to E with timber skirting boards, plain cornice. Remainder not seen 1998.

GREENHOUSE: rectangular-plan greenhouse on red brick base set to SW of house.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATES: rubble-coped, rubble walls partially enclosing site; 2-leaf plain iron gates.

Statement of Interest

A complex, relatively early farmhouse with some interesting features - the bowed projections centred in both elevations of the E wing (possibly the former entrance wing) being particularly notable. Full-height bows, similar to those here, can be seen on the nearby Cruxfield House (see separate list entry). Rutherfurd notes a Mr Adam Calder as farmer at West Blanerne in 1866. The farm steading is set to the W.

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