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Latitude: 55.8438 / 55°50'37"N
Longitude: -2.1272 / 2°7'37"W
OS Eastings: 392135
OS Northings: 661179
OS Grid: NT921611
Mapcode National: GBR F0LW.80
Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.9C9Y
Entry Name: Ayton, High Street, Beech Cottage Including Boundary Wall
Listing Date: 28 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393737
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46433
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Possibly late 18th century with later additions and alterations. Near-symmetrical 2-storey with basement, 3-bay house forming part of terrace. Rubble; rubble sandstone dressings. Droved long and short surrounds to openings; painted margins; projecting cills.
NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: modern timber panelled door centred at ground; single windows at both floors in flanking bays. Boarded timber basement door off-set to outer right.
Modern glazing throughout. Grey slate roof; stone-coped skews. Corniced brick and sandstone ridge stacks; various cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
BOUNDARY WALL: low coped wall enclosing site to front.
A modestly-detailed, relatively intact house of group value forming part of a terrace fronting Ayton's High Street (see separate list entries for 'Ayton, High Street, Beech Villa', 'Ayton, High Street, Oaklands', 'Ayton, High Street, The Rowans' and 'Ayton, High Street, Sawmill House'). Beech Cottage is particularly notable for the retention of its unusually steep basement entrance - a common feature in the terrace.
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