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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
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
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.
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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