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Spitalhaugh, Doocot House

A Category C Listed Building in West Linton, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7334 / 55°44'0"N

Longitude: -3.3359 / 3°20'9"W

OS Eastings: 316205

OS Northings: 649693

OS Grid: NT162496

Mapcode National: GBR 5244.KL

Mapcode Global: WH6TP.Q5N2

Entry Name: Spitalhaugh, Doocot House

Listing Date: 4 November 2010

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 400515

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51628

Building Class: Cultural

Location: West Linton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Parish: West Linton

Traditional County: Peeblesshire

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Description

Mid 19th century with later additions and alterations. Single-storey and attic, rectangular-plan, twin-gable garden cottage with dovecot ports and ledges to left gable and arrow-head finials to both (garden (S) elevation). Red, squared and snecked rubble with ashlar dressings. Advanced gable to N elevation with stack and cast-iron finial. Rubble addition to S; half-piended addition to E with mid 17th century carved panel with eclipse and rose motifs, probably by John Gifford, to centre.

Predominantly timber sash and case windows. Grey slate. Coped end and ridge stacks with tall octagonal clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

GARDEN: low arcaded wall to centre, possibly of 17th century origin; arrangement of further carved architectural fragments.

Statement of Interest

Part of a B Group with: Spitalhaugh House Including Stable and Bridge (see separate listing).

Located to the N of Spitalhaugh Stables, this extended former gardner's cottage is notable for its external stone ledges to the garden gable with Dovecot ports and fully lined stone nesting boxes lining the internal walls. A worn but recognisable (2010) carved panel by the notable 17th century Linton laird and stonemason, John Gifford, has been built into the E wall of the rubble-built 20th century addition. Adding further to the interest, the unusual arcaded garden wall fragments may be 17th century and date to the construction of the adjacent outbuilding that later became the stable.

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