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Latitude: 55.8972 / 55°53'49"N
Longitude: -2.1287 / 2°7'43"W
OS Eastings: 392051
OS Northings: 667128
OS Grid: NT920671
Mapcode National: GBR F0K7.YV
Mapcode Global: WH9XX.81LG
Entry Name: St Abbs, Castle Rock
Listing Date: 26 January 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393986
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46655
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Circa 1895 with later additions and alterations. Symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay gabled house with single storey, gabled porch projecting at centre; single storey addition at rear. Whitewashed harl; painted dressings. Stepped base with painted band course; overhanging timber bracketed eaves; predominantly decorative timber bargeboards (plain bargeboards to main gables at front); tapering timber finials. Narrow quoin strips; square-headed openings at ground with oversailing lintels; pointed-arched openings at 1st floor; projecting cills throughout.
SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: part-glazed, gabled porch projecting at centre; gabled dormerhead to pointed-arched window recessed above. Full-height gabled bays flanking entrance with tripartite windows centred at ground; pointed-arched windows aligned at 1st floor. Single storey addition recessed to outer right with timber door off-set to left of centre.
SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: 3-bay principal block with bipartite windows at ground in bays to right and left; gabled dormerhead to pointed-arched window breaking eaves off-set to right of centre. Gabled porch recessed to outer right with steps to 2-leaf, part-glazed timber panelled door; 4-pane stained fanlight. Single storey addition to outer left with bipartite window off-set to right.
NW (REAR) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated single storey, full-width addition to front with garage opening to outer left. Gabled dormerhead to pointed-arched window recessed at centre; flanking gabled bays with pointed-arched windows centred at 1st floor.
NE (SIDE) ELEVATION: 3-bay principal block with bipartite windows at ground in bays to left and right; gabled dormerhead to pointed-arched window breaking eaves off-set to left of centre. Single storey projection to outer right.
Plate glass timber casement windows with fixed multi-pane uppers at ground (stained small-pane uppers to porch); 4-pane timber windows in pointed-arched 1st floor openings; modern window at rear; various rooflights. Grey slate roof. Coped and whitewashed ridge and apex stacks; circular cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1999.
A prominently sited house which retains much of its original detailing and remains a good example of its unusual type. According to the present occupants, Castle Rock was intended to be a manse. However, it was not required by the church and in 1908, was sold for ?900.
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