Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 49479 36690
349479, 636690


Early to Mid 19th century, gable-ended, rectangular-plan stable block incorporating much reduced fragment of a 16th century tower house to W. Single storey with gableted loft door breaking eaves to N elevation; to right, 2-leaf timber doors to large round-arch opening (early 20th century possibly using stone from tower house); blank rectangular panel inset above. Remnant of tower adjoining to W comprising two 15ft walls of roughly coursed and pinned rubble with evidence of 1st floor corbelling to inner faces.

Large 2-leaf timber door with further single door to left at S elevation.

Grey slate. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Special Interest

The remains of 16th century Ladhope Tower were incorporated into the Appletree Leaves farmsteading in the early to mid 19th century. The building is sited prominently on high ground at the entrance to the Galashiels Golf Club on the W slope of Blaikie's Hill. The single-storey 2-wall remnant of the tower retains evidence of corbelling which formerly carried a mezzanine floor, suggesting the tower was originally vaulted to ground as seen at nearby Hillslap and Buckholm towers (see separate listings).

Previously belonging to Melrose Abbey, the land at Ladhope was feued to a family called Darling in 1577 and the tower is likely to have been built around that time. The building as a whole is currently used by the Galashiels Golf Club as a ground-keepers store.

Previously listed as 'Ladhope Tower Appletreeknowe'. Change of category from B to C(S) and list description updated at resurvey (2010).



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1856-9). Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Inventory of Roxburghshire: Vol. II (1956) p 295.

About Listed Buildings

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

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