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Benrig, Crystal Well and Mule Gang

A Category C Listed Building in St Boswells, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5697 / 55°34'10"N

Longitude: -2.6257 / 2°37'32"W

OS Eastings: 360640

OS Northings: 630847

OS Grid: NT606308

Mapcode National: GBR B431.B7

Mapcode Global: WH8Y2.M8WJ

Entry Name: Benrig, Crystal Well and Mule Gang

Listing Date: 6 August 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395535

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48103

Building Class: Cultural

Location: St Boswells

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Jedburgh and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Description

Early 19th century. Round-arched grotto with rusticated voussoirs and carved bearded head to key-stone; spring flows from pointed-arched recess into gadrooned stone basin behind fleur-de-lys-headed cast-iron railings (broken). Stone arches above with remains of hydraulic ram and circular gin house behind fragments of cast-iron railings.

Statement of Interest

Situated below Benrig House, on the edge of the river Tweed. The well is at the bottom of the bank, the mule gang directly above. The well is a romantic addition to the landscape, but the OS map of 1863 shows it grouped with other features with a more practical function, including the hydraulic ram, or mule gang (which has some rocker gear still intact), a gas works, associated with the house, and other features, including an

ice house, linked to the commercial exploitation of the Tweed salmon fishing.

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