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Fordel Mains Farmhouse Including Walled Garden

A Category C Listed Building in Newbattle, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8891 / 55°53'20"N

Longitude: -2.9975 / 2°59'50"W

OS Eastings: 337708

OS Northings: 666665

OS Grid: NT377666

Mapcode National: GBR 70HB.VS

Mapcode Global: WH7V6.X7SP

Entry Name: Fordel Mains Farmhouse Including Walled Garden

Listing Date: 24 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394345

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46962

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Newbattle

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Circa 1830. 2-storey; 3-bay farmhouse; later wing set back to NW. Tooled sandstone rubble. Raised ashlar surrounds to openings; raised long and short ashlar quoins to all angles apart from NW wing.

NE (FRONT) ELEVATION: central panelled door with 8-pane fanlight; flanking windows. Window centred above door; 1st floor flanking windows. Advanced gabled bay to left; 2-storey, 2-bay piended later wing set back to right.

SE ELEVATION: 2 ground floor windows, smaller window to left; timbered lower half. 1st floor obscured by vegetation.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: small single storey addition to right gable with window; off centre window at 1st floor. Projecting gabled bay housing staircase to left; central stair window. Larger projecting gabled bay to left, raggles of earlier addition visible; 1st floor window and large horizontal ground floor window to right return; single storey addition with catslide roof and window; door in left return. 1st floor window and large horizontal ground floor window to left of addition. 1st floor window and large ground floor window in NW wing.

NW ELEVATION: plain gable

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate gabled roof; raised skews; lead ridge. Purple slate to NW piended wing; rooflight in NW elevation. 2 corniced ridge stacks with bases to principal elevation; ridge and apex rough harled stacks to NW wing. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: original period features removed. 1950's replacement fireplaces remain.

WALLED GARDEN: adjoins NW wing; sandstone rubble walls; some brick infill to N; rounded coping stones; plain timber doors, simple stone sheds at S corner. NW wall forms rear wall to farm building.

Statement of Interest

Part of the Fordel Estate. A product of the late 18th - early 19th century drive for improvements in agricultural techniques and the housing of tenant farmers and workers. The house is plainly detailed, but substantial and well-designed.

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