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Littledean Farmhouse

A Category B Listed Building in Ayton, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.8549 / 55°51'17"N

Longitude: -2.1302 / 2°7'48"W

OS Eastings: 391946

OS Northings: 662419

OS Grid: NT919624

Mapcode National: GBR F0KR.M0

Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.73WD

Plus Code: 9C7VVV39+XW

Entry Name: Littledean Farmhouse

Listing Name: Littledean Farmhouse Including Garden Walls

Listing Date: 28 September 1999

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393772

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46457

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Parish: Ayton

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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In style of William J Gray, architect, Coldingham, circa 1870, with later additions and alterations. Asymmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay Tudor-detailed farmhouse with gabled projection to front; lower wing at rear forming near Z-plan; further single storey, lean-to garage block beyond. Coursed render to front; harled sides; harl-pointed rubble to rear; droved cream sandstone dressings (tooled at rear). Base course; moulded eaves in part. Sandstone quoins; tabbed and chamfered margins; chamfered cills; predominantly painted, chamfered mullions.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: timber panelled door centred at ground; diamond-paned leaded fanlight; gabled dormerhead to bipartite window breaking eaves above. Bipartite window at ground in bay to outer left; gabled dormerhead to bipartite window breaking eaves above. Full-height, gabled wing projecting to outer right with tripartite window centred at ground; bipartite window aligned at 1st floor; small attic light above; tapering finial surmounting gablehead.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: main block with bipartite window at ground to outer left; gabled bay to right with bipartite window at 1st floor off-set to left of centre. Lower, 2-bay range recessed to right with timber doors at ground; single windows at 1st floor. Lean-to garage addition to outer right.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay gabled range to right with bipartite windows at both floors in bays flanking centre. Lower, 2-bay wing to left with bipartite windows at both floors in both bays (breaking eaves at upper floor with single gablehead). Blind elevation to full-height projection recessed to outer right.

Predominantly lying-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; stone-coped skews; moulded skewputts. Corniced, brick-built apex stack to W with 4 linked flues; modern, brick-built apex stack to E; circular cans throughout.

INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

GARDEN WALLS: rubble-coped rubble walls enclosing site.

Statement of Interest

Replaced an earlier 'Littledean' to the NE - shown on the 1860 OS map and no longer in place. This later house is virtually identical to the design of Bunkle Manse, as shown in William J Gray's TREATISE - see separate list entry for 'Kirkside House, Bunkle & Preston Parish, Berwickshire'. Although not apparent in his list of works and thereby, not obviously by Gray himself, it is possible that the architect here used Gray's TREATISE (published in 1852) as a pattern book. The nearby Ayton Mains Farmhouse also bears strong similarity - see separate list entry, Ayton Parish.

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