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Eildon Hall: East Lodge Including Gatepiers

A Category C Listed Building in Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5862 / 55°35'10"N

Longitude: -2.6819 / 2°40'54"W

OS Eastings: 357114

OS Northings: 632713

OS Grid: NT571327

Mapcode National: GBR 93QV.5B

Mapcode Global: WH7WQ.SV2G

Entry Name: Eildon Hall: East Lodge Including Gatepiers

Listing Date: 22 July 2010

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 400462

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51557

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Melrose

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Late 19th century. Single-storey and attic, 3-bay, gabled lodge house with bracketed over-hanging eaves. Squared and snecked red sandstone rubble; pale ashlar dressings with roll-moulded detailing. Raised stone cills. Pale sandstone gabled ashlar entrance porch to centre with roll-moulded doorway and shouldered corners, repeating to timber frame within arris. Timber panelled door.

Predominantly plate glass to timber sash and case windows. Grey slate. Short ridge ashlar stack. Clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

GATEPIERS: pair of substantial octagonal piers with base and moulded octagonal caps. Smaller square-plan pier with pyramidal cap flanking to S, providing pedestrian entrance. Heavy timber gates circa 2000.

Statement of Interest

Part of a B-Group including 'Eildon Hall Including Stable Block'; 'Eildon Hall: Garden House and Walled Garden'; 'Eildon Hall: East Lodge Including Gatepiers' and 'Nos 1, 2 And 3 Greenwells Cottages'. See separate listings.

A nicely detailed, multi-gabled estate lodge, particularly notable for its roll-moulded openings and widely-spaced brackets to the over-hanging eaves. The treatment is in-keeping with William Burn's 1861-67 additions to Eildon Hall (see separate listing). It is visible from the road and adds value to the streetscape. The large octagonal gatepiers are nice examples which may date to the earlier incarnation of Eildon Hall, having been moved from the earlier driveway 15 metres to the N. They add further contextual interest to the wider B-group (see above). An earlier L-plan lodge appears on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map at the earlier drive entrance to Eildon Hall estate 15 metres to the N of the present lodge.

Eildon Hall was built as a Classical villa and extended by the remarkable and hugely prolific Scottish architect, William Burn for the 5th Duke of Buccleuch to accommodate visitors and servants in order to give the Duke a greater presence near to the Buccleuch Hunt, then based at St Boswells. It later became the traditional home of the Duke's eldest sons, the Earls of Dalkeith. Eildon Hall is located 1½ miles SE of Melrose and a mile NW of Newtown St Boswells.

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