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Latitude: 55.7711 / 55°46'16"N
Longitude: -2.1263 / 2°7'34"W
OS Eastings: 392173
OS Northings: 653094
OS Grid: NT921530
Mapcode National: GBR F1LQ.G1
Mapcode Global: WH9YH.96QM
Entry Name: Spital House Including Service Courtyard and Garden Walls and Gatepiers
Listing Date: 15 March 2001
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395052
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47706
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
18th century in origin with substantial mid 19th century addition to S; later alterations. Asymmetrical, 2-storey with attic, near L-plan gabled house with Tudor details with irregular, 5-bay entrance elevation; symmetrical, 4-bay garden elevation to S; enclosed service courtyard adjoined to E. Tooled sandstone rubble with tooled rubble dressings to earlier block; coursed and stugged cream sandstone with ashlar dressings (lightly droved in part) to 19th century addition. Base course; moulded string course dividing floors to S; moulded eaves. Rubble quoins and plain margins to earlier block; 19th century addition with rusticated quoins and tabbed surrounds to chamfered openings.
W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps to 2-storey, buttressed projection at centre with four-centred arched entrance at ground; 2-leaf modern glazed doors; 4-pane fanlight; single window aligned above. Taller gable end off-set to left behind with single windows at both floors to left of entrance. Lower, 2-storey (original) block to outer left with single windows in 3 bays at ground; tripartite window centred above. 3-bay range recessed to right of entrance with single windows at 1st floor flanking central gablehead.
S (GARDEN) ELEVATION: 4-bay, grouped 1-2-1. Single windows at both floors in bays flanking centre (steps to former door at ground to right). Gabled projections to outer left and right with 4-light canted windows at ground and 1st floors; narrow attic lights centred in ball-finialled gableheads. Service courtyard recessed to right comprising coped wall enclosing 3-bay (7-bay at rear) ancillary structure to left with single windows flanking 2-leaf, part-glazed doors; arched entrance to right; curved corner to outer right.
E (REAR/FORMER SIDE?) ELEVATION: 2-storey block to outer left with projecting 2-light window centred at ground; single windows in 2 bays above. 3-storey gable end recessed to right with single windows in 3 bays at ground; single windows at 1st floor flanking centre; single window at upper floor to left. 2-storey (original) block to right (obscured at ground by courtyard wall) with single storey, mono-pitched ancillary structure adjoined to left; single window aligned above; bipartite window at ground to right; Y-astragalled Venetian window above. Bipartite window in single storey block to right; further single storey ancillary structure set at angle to outer right with flat-roofed porch in re-entrant angle.
N (SIDE/FORMER REAR?) ELEVATION: near U-plan principal block with round-arched window centred at 1st floor; glazed cupola set behind. 2-storey gable end projecting to right with single window at ground off-set to left of centre; four-centred arched window in buttressed entrance recessed to outer right. 2-storey gable end projecting to left of centre with further single storey, gabled addition at ground; single window at 1st floor off-set to right; blank circular panels flanking centre in gablehead. Enclosed service courtyard adjoined to left with square-plan, pyramidal-capped sandstone gatepiers flanking entrance off-set to left of centre; modern timber gates; blank elevations to single storey ancillary structure to right and whitewashed, 3-bay, mono-pitched ancillary structure to outer left.
4-, 6-, 8- and 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows; some modern windows in service courtyard. Grey slate roofs; gablet-coped sandstone skews; scroll-bracketed block skewputts (gabletted in part). Sandstone ridge and apex stacks with brick-built flues; various circular cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1999.
GARDEN WALLS AND GATEPIERS: squared rubble coping to rubble sandstone walls partially enclosing site. Pyramidal-capped, square-plan, sandstone gatepiers to N; modern timber gates.
Noted in the NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT as a '...neat country residence'. A well-detailed house which appears to have evolved from the 18th century onwards. The name 'Spital' is said to have derived from the fact that the house was built on a site once occupied by a hospital of St John. See separate list entries for the nearby 'Bridge', 'Quadrant Walls, Piers, Gatepiers & Gate' and 'Walled Garden' - all of which are within the Spital House estate (1999). Rutherfurd's notes a Rev William Compton Lundie as owner and resident here in 1866.
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