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Latitude: 55.8438 / 55°50'37"N
Longitude: -2.126 / 2°7'33"W
OS Eastings: 392207
OS Northings: 661187
OS Grid: NT922611
Mapcode National: GBR F0LV.JZ
Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.9CVW
Entry Name: Ayton, High Street, Colville House Including Boundary Wall and Gatepiers
Listing Date: 28 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393740
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46436
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
1822 with later additions and alterations. Symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay plain classical style house with flanking single storey with attic, single bay pavilions; full-height wing (incorporating former coach house) projecting at rear. Harl-pointed rubble (predominantly whinstone); sandstone dressings. Rusticated quoins; tooled long and short surrounds to openings; slightly raised margins; projecting cills.
SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: step to deep-set timber panelled door centred at ground; decorative fanlight; plain door-surround with consoled cornice. Single windows at ground in flanking bays; square windows in all bays at 1st floor. Outer pavilions with single windows at both floors to right (squat upper opening); part-glazed timber panelled door at ground to left; squat upper opening aligned above.
SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay pavilion projecting to outer left. 2-storey, 2-bay range recessed to right with glazed door at ground to left; single window above; sliding boarded timber door at ground to right; large window aligned above.
NE (REAR) ELEVATION: main block with projecting wing off-set to left of centre; various additions recessed to right. Lower pavilions to outer left and right.
Predominantly modern timber casement windows; some 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows; various rooflights. Grey slate piended roofs; replacement rainwater goods. Corniced sandstone wallhead stacks; octagonal cans.
INTERIOR: stained glass stair window inscribed 'In loving memory of Elezer Colville who built this house 1822, died 1853.' Remainder not seen 1998.
BOUNDARY WALL AND GATEPIERS: heavily-pointed, coped rubble wall enclosing site to front. Octagonal-plan, coursed pink sandstone gatepiers flanking vehicular entrance; tapering caps; gates missing.
A well-detailed, prominent house fronting Ayton's High Street. Built by Elezer Colville (an Edinburgh surgeon), it was later associated with the adjacent Colville Lodge - itself dated 1851 and built for Colville's son, a Justice of Peace Clerk (see separate list entry). Although the majority of its original glazing has been removed, Colville House retains its original composition and other good details.
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