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2 Marchmont Cottages, Marchmont House

A Category C Listed Building in Polwarth, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7291 / 55°43'44"N

Longitude: -2.4062 / 2°24'22"W

OS Eastings: 374585

OS Northings: 648490

OS Grid: NT745484

Mapcode National: GBR C2M6.V3

Mapcode Global: WH8XF.08G9

Plus Code: 9C7VPHHV+MG

Entry Name: 2 Marchmont Cottages, Marchmont House

Listing Name: Marchmont Estate, Cottages Near Remains of Redbraes Castle (Nos 1 & 2)

Listing Date: 16 August 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393590

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46320

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Polwarth

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Polwarth

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Circa 1860 with later additions and alterations. Pair of single storey with attic, 3-bay cottages forming symmetrical 6-bay block; single storey, piended additions at rear. Squared and snecked stugged red sandstone to front; harl-pointed rubble to sides and rear; sandstone ashlar dressings. Droved quoins; droved long and short surrounds to chamfered openings; timber mullions to bipartites; projecting cills. Overhanging bracketed timber eaves to gabled dormers. Harled additions at rear.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: each cottage comprises boarded timber door centred at ground (plate glass fanlight to left; 2-pane fanlight to right); decorative sandstone brackets to pentice porch. Bipartite windows flanking at ground; gabled wallhead dormers aligned above.

NE (SIDE) ELEVATION: blind elevation to gabled bay; later addition recessed to right.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey piended projections off-set to left and right of centre with single windows and boarded openings.

SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: blind elevation to gabled bay; later addition recessed to left.

Lying-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows to front; plate glass and 4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows at rear. Grey/purple slate roof; stone skews; bracketed skewputts. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Corniced brick-built ridge and apex stacks; various circular cans.

INTERIORS: not seen 1998.

Statement of Interest

B Group comprises Marchmont House, Adam Bridge, the Cottages near the Remains of Redbraes Castle, the Dovecot, Gamekeeper's Cottage, Ice House, The Kennel House, 1 & 2 Marchmont Estate Cottages, Redbraes, Stable Courtyard and the Walled Garden (see separate list entries). Empty 1998. A relatively late, but well-detailed pair of estate cottages set to the E of Marchmont House. The pentice porches, lying-pane glazing and bracketed gables are particularly notable, as they are typical of the estate architecture of Lothian and Borders, and especially the work of the architectural practice of Burn and Bryce.

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