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Colville House, 45 High Street, Ayton

A Category B Listed Building in Ayton, Scottish Borders

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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

Plus Code: 9C7VRVVF+GH

Entry Name: Colville House, 45 High Street, Ayton

Listing Name: Ayton, High Street, Colville House Including Boundary Wall and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 28 September 1999

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393740

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46436

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Parish: Ayton

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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