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Latitude: 55.8653 / 55°51'54"N
Longitude: -2.1748 / 2°10'29"W
OS Eastings: 389160
OS Northings: 663578
OS Grid: NT891635
Mapcode National: GBR F07M.Z9
Mapcode Global: WH9XW.KTMZ
Entry Name: Cairncross Farmhouse Including Boundary Walls, Gatepiers, Gate and Railings
Listing Date: 26 January 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393927
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46595
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Late 18th century in origin with later additions and alterations. Symmetrical 3-storey, 3-bay farmhouse with gabled porch to front; full-width, lean-to addition at rear; long, single storey, rectangular-plan range adjoined to SE. Predominantly harled; squared and snecked tooled render to side (NW); red sandstone margins.
SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: principal block with projecting, pedimented porch centred at ground; part-glazed timber panelled door; plate glass fanlight; single window aligned at 1st floor; squat window at 2nd floor. Single windows at ground and 1st floors in bays flanking centre; gabled dormerheads to single windows breaking eaves above. Single storey range adjoined to right with single window off-set to left in block to left; single window off-set to left in block to right.
NW (SIDE) ELEVATION: gable end with single windows at all floors off-set to right. Single windows in steeply-pitched, lean-to addition to left.
SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: principal block with single window at 1st floor off-set to left of centre; single window in lean-to addition to right. Single storey, gabled range projecting at ground with various additions at rear.
Modern windows throughout. Grey slate roofs; stone-coped skews. Brick-built apex stacks to principal block with 3 linked, corniced flues; tall, stepped, brick-built ridge stack to single storey range; cans missing.
INTERIOR: not seen 1999.
BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS, GATE AND RAILINGS: low, coped and harled wall fronting principal block with arched gatepiers flanking pedestrian entrance; spearheaded iron gate; spearheaded railings to side (missing in part). Low, rubble-coped wall to front single storey range. Tall, rubble-coped walls enclosing garden at rear.
Noted in the OS Name Book as "...a commodious farm house 2 stories [sic] high, with suitable offices including a thrashing machine propelled by steam..." An unusual, prominently sited farmhouse, particularly notable for its height. Other interesting features include the steeply-pitched roofs and the linked, brick-built flues. Rutherfurd's notes a Mr Robert White as farmer here in 1866. Little of the original steading remains in place 1999. Non-traditional glazing marrs its otherwise meritorious impact.
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