Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 64541 43284
364541, 643284


1803 incorporating some earlier fabric. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, U-plan, Classical manse with gabled roof and canted dormers. Lower piend-roofed service wing to NW and single storey modern wing to NE. Harled and washed masonry with droved sandstone ashlar dressings (mostly painted). Eaves course Tabbed quoins; regular fenestration to front with raised window margins. 2 steps to 9-panelled recessed timber door in simple architrave with Doric pilasters and cornice with small triglyphs. Fanlight with decorative glazing pattern.

Predominantly 12- and 9-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Gablehead ashlar-coped stacks and wallhead ashlar-coped brick stack on rear elevation; octagonal yellow clay cans. Welsh slate roofs; zinc ridges.

INTERIOR: simple Classical detailing with some Edwardian alterations. 6-panelled doors and simple cornices throughout. Cantilevered timber staircase with Edwardian timber balusters and rail, rising in front of central rear window. Dining room with original black marble chimneypiece and segmental-arched buffet niche with flanking Doric pilasters. Drawing room with Greek key-patterned dado rail. Large stone chimneypiece in kitchen. Timber chimneypieces with tiled inserts at first floor (probably Edwardian); those on second floor original .

WALLED GARDEN: rubble walls with rounded rubble cope and timber boarded entrance gate at SE corner.

Statement of Special Interest

A good, largely unaltered early 19th century manse with simple Classical detailing. A church was in existence in Gordon from before the 12th century as in 1171 it was transferred by the monks of Coldingham to those of Kelso. The present parish church dates from 1763. The present manse is a replacement for an earlier building on the same site, remnants of which are still apparent in the cellar and back hall. Two pathways, older than the existing buiding, the Monks Walk on the North side of the manse and the Ladies' Walk on the South connect the manse to the church across the glebe lands through a gate in the churchyard wall and directly into the churchyard.

Early maps indicate that by 1863 the manse was L-shaped, the NW rear wing being original or an early addition. The NE wing was added before 1908. Maps also seem to indicate that the walled garden had been constructed by 1826.



T Sharp, Christopher Greenwood and William Fowler, The County of Berwick (1826). William Crawford and William Brooke, Map Embracing Extensive portions of the Counties of Roxburgh, Berwick Selkirk & Midlothian and Part of Northumberland (1843). New Statistical Account of Scotland (volume II, Berwickshire 1834), p37. 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map (circa 1863). 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (circa 1908-09). Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar, Richard Fawcett, Buildings of Scotland, Borders (2006), p334.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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