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Standalane Cottage

A Category C Listed Building in Peebles, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6623 / 55°39'44"N

Longitude: -3.2024 / 3°12'8"W

OS Eastings: 324452

OS Northings: 641633

OS Grid: NT244416

Mapcode National: GBR 622Z.H1

Mapcode Global: WH6TY.SY72

Plus Code: 9C7RMQ6X+W2

Entry Name: Standalane Cottage

Listing Date: 1 October 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396445

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48932

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Peebles

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Parish: Peebles

Traditional County: Peeblesshire

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Early 19th century. 1?-storey, 3-bay rectangular vernacular cottage on sloped site with later lean-to adjoining gable and extension to rear. Coursed and random whinstone rubble with rubble quoins. Painted stone window lintels and sills. Skew gabled with plain putts.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central later timber entrance door with high glazed panel to centre; plain window to flanks. To attic, pair of flat-topped dormers aligned with outer bays.

E ELEVATION: gabled end rising into apex stack, now partially concealed by later lean-to.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: regular bays with much later single storey extension adjoining.

W ELEVATION: gabled end rising into apex stack.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows, possibly replacement due to horns on upper sashes. Pitched grey slate roof with lead ridging; paired flat-roofed attic dormers with slated cheeks. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods. Stone gablehead stacks with stone neck copes and later cans.

INTERIOR: in residential use; not seen, 2002.

Statement of Interest

This is a good example of an older style vernacular cottage. Sited near the Gill Burn, the cottage stands at the bottom of a farm road. Originally this led to a small steading with a whinstone quarry to the north west. The middle part of the 19th century saw development in the are. A further 5 whinstone quarries were opened up to supply the demand for building materials for the growing town of Peebles. By the 1860's, the steading grew and a new farmhouse was built, it was the sister building of one in Manor Parish. This cottage remained consistently, being joined by a north lodge for Rosetta sited to its south west, near where the gatepier still remains (the lodge was demolished in the early to mid 20th century). By the end of the 19th century, the quarries were closed, but the track was still in evidence. One quarry remained in use (Standalane Quarry) and the steading had grown to include a mill lade as well as some new buildings. This cottage is believed to have been connected with the early farm as residential accommodation for a worker, although some suggest it may have been a toll house due to its proximity to the north road out of Peebles and the fact it stands at a junction. Other suggestions are that it was linked with the quarries. The cottage still remains relatively unaltered and is listed as a good example of plain vernacular housing.

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