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Latitude: 55.8406 / 55°50'26"N
Longitude: -2.1276 / 2°7'39"W
OS Eastings: 392107
OS Northings: 660826
OS Grid: NT921608
Mapcode National: GBR F0LX.54
Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.9G3C
Entry Name: Ayton, Beanburn, Summerhill Including Ancillary Structure and Boundary Wall
Listing Date: 28 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393732
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46429
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Circa 1870 with later additions and alterations. 2-storey, 3-bay, near L-plan gabled domestic gothic and Tudor-detailed house with lower 2-storey addition in rear re-entrant angle; various single storey additions. Coursed and tooled sandstone; sandstone ashlar dressings. Base course; corbelled eaves in part. Sandstone quoins; long and short surrounds to stop-chamfered openings; sandstone mullions; chamfered cills. Stylised hoodmoulds throughout. Single storey, near L-plan ancillary structure to NW.
NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: step to 2-leaf timber panelled door at ground off-set to right of centre; plate glass fanlight; stop-chamfered surround; hoodmould; modern bracketed canopy. Bipartite window centred at 1st floor; segmental-arched hoodmould with carved tympanum; circular opening centred in gablehead; surmounting apex stack. Bipartite windows at ground in bays flanking entrance; moulded lintels; hoodmoulds. Bipartite windows aligned at 1st floor with moulded triangular heads, blind circular openings centred in finialled gabled dormerheads breaking eaves above. Single storey addition to outer right.
SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: full-height gabled wing projecting to outer right with tripartite window centred at ground; moulded lintels; hoodmould. Bipartite window aligned at 1st floor; moulded lintel; segmental-arched hoodmould with carved tympanum; circular opening centred in surmounting gable. Bipartite window in single storey projection in re-entrant angle to left; narrow, pointed-arched window aligned above. Bipartite window at ground in bay to outer left; moulded lintels; hoodmould. Bipartite window aligned at 1st floor with moulded triangular heads, decorative sandstone balcony to front, blind circular opening centred in finialled gabled dormerhead breaking eaves above.
NW (SIDE) ELEVATION: full-height gabled wing projecting to outer left with single storey addition at ground; bipartite window at 1st floor off-set to left of centre; blind circular opening centred in apex beneath surmounting stack. Full-height block recessed to right with various single and 2-storey additions to front.
Predominantly plate glass windows in timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; stone-coped skews; moulded skewputts with engaged columns clasping corners below. Corniced sandstone apex stacks; circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods (supported by sandstone corbels at eaves).
INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
ANCILLARY STRUCTURE: single storey. Heavily-pointed sandstone rubble; red brick in part. Boarded timber doors. Grey slate roof; brick-built ridge stack with single circular can. INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
BOUNDARY WALL: coped rubble wall partially enclosing site.
Previously called 'St Helen's'. An unusually-detailed, almost pattern book style house which appears to be much as it was when first complete. Both the style of architecture and its detailing bear some resemblance to the contemporary work of the Edinburgh architect, Thornton R Shiells, one of whose designs was included in Blackie's VILLA AND COTTAGE ARCHITECTURE - itself a kind of pattern book. Set to the SW of another 'Summerhill', also in Beanburn (see separate list entry).
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