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Latitude: 55.8516 / 55°51'5"N
Longitude: -2.1903 / 2°11'25"W
OS Eastings: 388180
OS Northings: 662064
OS Grid: NT881620
Mapcode National: GBR F04S.L6
Mapcode Global: WH9Y2.B56X
Entry Name: Reston, Main Street, Reston Auction Mart, Sheep Ring
Listing Date: 26 January 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393977
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46648
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Probably earlier 20th century, on site of and possibly incorporating earlier structure. Single storey, octagonal-plan sheep ring with later additions to S and E. Boarded timber walls with boarded timber doors and irregularly disposed windows.
INTERIOR: boarded timber walls; open timber roof with plain timber columns and metal fencing surrounding central ring; square-headed opening accessing modern addition (sheep entrance/exit) to S. Boarded timber walls forming office in SW corner. 4-stage, tiered timber benches abutting remaining outer walls. Predominantly concrete flooring (dated '1926'); boarded timber floor to office.
Fixed 2- and 4-pane glazing in timber windows; various rooflights. Louvred, triangular vents in alternate roof facets. Grey slate octagonal roof.
A good example of a rare building type, still in use as a sheep ring (1999). Although the 1899 OS map shows an octagonal structure on site, the existing building is thought to date from the earlier 20th century, possibly 1926 as dated inside. It is contemporary with the Kittybrewster Auction Mart in Aberdeen, following the favoured octagonal form for cattle and sheep marts, allowing maximum viewing space. A cafe block, said to be contemporary with the sheep ring and still in use, is set to the E.
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