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Latitude: 55.8423 / 55°50'32"N
Longitude: -2.1225 / 2°7'21"W
OS Eastings: 392426
OS Northings: 661020
OS Grid: NT924610
Mapcode National: GBR F0MW.8J
Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.CFJ1
Entry Name: Ayton, Old Town, Melville House Including Ancillary Structure, Boundary Wall, Railings, Gatepier and Gates
Listing Date: 28 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393748
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46444
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Early 19th century with later additions and alterations. Symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan house with single storey ancillary structure adjoined at front. Harl-pointed sandstone rubble; droved rubble dressings. Droved quoins; droved long and short surrounds to openings; painted margins; projecting, painted cills.
SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: timber panelled door centred at ground; opaque fanlight; plain surround. Single windows at ground in flanking bays; single windows in all bays at 1st floor. Ancillary structure adjoined at ground to outer right.
SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: single window at ground off-set to left of centre.
NW (REAR) ELEVATION: single window at ground in bay to outer left; small window at ground off-set to right. Single windows in all 3 bays at 1st floor.
4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Modern roofing materials. Stone-coped skews. Brick-built apex stacks to SW and NE; various circular cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
ANCILLARY STRUCTURE: red brick. SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-bay. Boarded timber door at centre; single windows in flanking bays. 4-pane timber windows. Grey slate piended roof. INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
BOUNDARY WALL, RAILINGS, GATEPIER AND GATES: coped and stepped tooled sandstone wall enclosing site to front; spearheaded iron railings above in part. Square-plan, coursed red sandstone gatepier to right of entrance; corniced, pyramidal cap. 2-leaf, spearheaded iron gates.
An early, largely intact house, set on a prominent corner site, at the junction between Ayton's High Street and Old Town. The house is unusual in having its back to the street on which it is set.
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