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Melville House, Old Town, Ayton

A Category C Listed Building in Ayton, Scottish Borders

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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

Plus Code: 9C7VRVRG+WX

Entry Name: Melville House, Old Town, Ayton

Listing Name: Ayton, Old Town, Melville House Including Ancillary Structure, Boundary Wall, Railings, Gatepier and Gates

Listing Date: 28 September 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393748

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46444

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Parish: Ayton

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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