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Bolt Cottage, Traquair

A Category C Listed Building in Traquair, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6013 / 55°36'4"N

Longitude: -3.0634 / 3°3'48"W

OS Eastings: 333095

OS Northings: 634696

OS Grid: NT330346

Mapcode National: GBR 731N.LX

Mapcode Global: WH6VD.XGFV

Plus Code: 9C7RJW2P+GJ

Entry Name: Bolt Cottage, Traquair

Listing Name: Traquair Village, Bolt Cottage and Forester's Cottage

Listing Date: 12 August 2003

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396925

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49406

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Traquair

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale East

Parish: Traquair

Traditional County: Peeblesshire

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Earlier 19th century. Pair of single storey, multi-bayed rectangular-plan vernacular cottages (formerly 3 or 4 small cottages); one with open porch. Mostly harled and painted with tabbed red sandstone dressings and long and short quoins; some evidence of coursed stone to Forester?s Cottage, now painted and beneath harl to rest of elevations. Skew gabled (red sandstone) with plain putts.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATIONS: to left, 3 regularly placed windows with tabbed surrounds and plain sills and lintels, entrance door to 4th bay with open timber porch with pitched slate roof breaking eaves of main cottage. To centre and right, formerly two 3-bay cottages with central entrance doors with flanking windows, but central cottage door now in-filled to form additional window.

NE & SW ELEVATIONS: gabled ends with regularly placed windows, gablehead rising into stack.

SE (REAR) ELEVATIONS: regularly fenestrated with late 19th century extension to right (formerly leading to rear wash houses).

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Pitched grey slate roof with lead ridging, flashings and valleys. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods. Pair of harled stacks (one roofline, one gablehead) to left cottage (Bolt), with later single cans; to right cottage (Forester's), pair of taller harled stacks with red sandstone neck copes, tall single can to gablehead stack with pair of later cans to roofline stack.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2002; but in use as residential accommodation.

Statement of Interest

Sited on the main street of the hamlet, this terraced row of cottages stands to the north of the road junction with the Knowe Bridge. To the south, there is another row of cottages (listed separately) which are also surviving buildings from the once larger village. Traquair was, at one time, quite sizeable ? with a separate sheriff and jurisdiction from Peebles and of a size to afford accommodation to a barony court of local importance. The village lost many people to neighbouring settlements such as Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Peebles (mainly due to the new mills), with the majority who stayed being employed on the land at local farms or at Traquair House and estate. Listed as a good example of a vernacular row of cottages.

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