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Packman's Brae, Thatched Cottage

A Category B Listed Building in Polwarth, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7453 / 55°44'42"N

Longitude: -2.4071 / 2°24'25"W

OS Eastings: 374542

OS Northings: 650285

OS Grid: NT745502

Mapcode National: GBR C2M0.N9

Mapcode Global: WH8X7.0V1G

Entry Name: Packman's Brae, Thatched Cottage

Listing Date: 12 July 1991

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395544

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48123

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Polwarth

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Polwarth

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Description

Earlier 19th century. Single storey, 4-bay, rectangular-plan cottage (at one time 2 2-bay properties). Harl-pointed red sandstone rubble; painted margins. Overhanging eaves; droved rubble quoins; droved long and short surrounds to openings.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: square-headed door opening off-set to left of centre; single window opening in bay to outer left; single windows in remaining bays to right.

NE (SIDE) ELEVATION: square opening at centre with narrow timber lintel and cill.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: obscured.

SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: small window opening off-set to left of centre.

Windows predominantly missing; some timber sash and case glazing. Wheatstraw thatch on thin purlins and couples beneath piended corrugated-iron sheeting. Brick ridge stack at centre; single circular can. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

Statement of Interest

Empty 1998. One of the few properties remaining in Polwarth, a village once home to many (the Ordnance Gazetteer records a population of 227 in 1881). Despite its present condition, the cottage retains some interesting features, most notably the rare survival of its thatched roof. At one time 2 separate cottages, the doors were originally set in the outer bays with windows at centre. Today, both the outer openings have been blocked to form windows and the opening off-set to left of centre, originally a window, has been made into a door. The road is so named after an argument between 2 packmen at St Mungo's Fair - held on the green at the height of village's importance. One of the men was murdered and subsequently buried nearby - his grave being marked on the early Ordnance Survey map.

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