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Greenhouse, Walled Garden, Maines House

A Category B Listed Building in Chirnside, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8042 / 55°48'15"N

Longitude: -2.1863 / 2°11'10"W

OS Eastings: 388417

OS Northings: 656788

OS Grid: NT884567

Mapcode National: GBR F15B.G5

Mapcode Global: WH9Y8.DC3R

Plus Code: 9C7VRR37+MF

Entry Name: Greenhouse, Walled Garden, Maines House

Listing Name: Maines House Walled Garden Including Greenhouses, Gatepiers and Gates

Listing Date: 6 September 1999

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393649

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46360

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Chirnside

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Parish: Chirnside

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Description

Earlier to mid 19th century with later additions and alterations; 2 detached houses inserted within late 20th century. 4-sided, near rectangular-plan walled garden (approximately 4,000m?) set on sloping site, to NE of former Maines House. Tall, coped walls (swept in part) with harl-pointed sandstone rubble to outer elevations; droved quoins; droved long and short surrounds to openings. Harl-pointed sandstone rubble inner linings to SE and SW; red brick inner linings to NE and NW (whitewashed in part); curved corner to NW. Various square-headed and segmental-arched openings; spearheaded iron gate in segmental-arched opening to NE.

GREENHOUSES: symmetrical range of greenhouses adjoining inner elevation NW wall with polygonal-fronted block projecting at centre (surmounting cupola); flanking lean-to ranges with projecting, gabled blocks centred in each. Glazing predominantly missing; some decorative iron brattishing in place. INTERIORS: not seen 1998.

GATEPIERS AND GATES: steps accessing gateway centred in lower wall to SE with square-plan sandstone gatepiers, urn-shaped and tapering finials; 2-leaf iron gate. Balustered sundial (?) set in garden below.

POTTING SHED: later, brick-built, lean-to potting shed adjoining outer elevation NW wall.

Statement of Interest

Despite the insertion of 2 modern houses, this relatively large walled garden retains many of its original details. Of particular note are the brick-lined walls, the symmetrical range of greenhouses (in state of disrepair 1998), and the finialled gateway accessing the garden below. Little remains of the original layout, but trees still flank the central path (as shown on the early OS map). The former Maines House, now Chirnside Hall Hotel, and the once associated Maines South Lodge are listed separately.

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