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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 71571 36929
371571, 636929


Robert Smirke, circa 1815. Single storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan Greek Revival, astylar gatelodge with projecting semi-octagonal entrance bay and later rendered piend-roofed extension to rear. Polished sandstone ashlar. Base course; deep banded entablature; wreath paterae above shallow corner pilasters. Corniced windows with projecting cills. Timber-panelled front door in carved architrave.

8-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows ( 4 pane glazing flanking doorway). Roof flat or very shallowly pitched. Ashlar stack at rear with yellow and red cans. Cast-iron rain water goods.

GATES AND GATEPIERS: three ashlar gatepiers forming with N wall of lodge two pedestrian gateways and central carriageway (that on N of carriageway a replacement in artificial stone) with iron gates with acorn finials; rendered curved screen walls to NW and SE of gates.

Statement of Special Interest

This is a simple and elegant building and is important as a little altered example of the work of Sir Robert Smirke.

Sir Robert Smirke (1760-1867) was one the most prominent architects in Britain in the first half of the 19th century and a leading exponent of the Greek Revival style. After training with Sir John Soane and George Dance, he enjoyed immediate success as a practising architect and became known to a wide range of influential patrons through which he received a range of country house commissions. In 1813 he was nominated as one of the three architects attached to the Office of Works and this brought him several major commissions including that for the design of the British Museum in the early 1820s, possibly his finest Greek Revival work. There are more than a dozen buildings designed by Smirke in Scotland and are all of high quality.

Plans dating from about 1815 for the East Lodge at Newton Don are held in V&A Architecture Study Rooms. Smirke's original design was for a pair of single bay lodges linked by flat arch carried on four Doric columns with carriageway running below. This was reduced to the present single lodge, situated on S side of the driveway.



Sir Robert Smirke, Plan and Elevation for the Lodge at Newton Don for Sir Alexander Don (circa 1815), RIBA drawings collection, V&A Study Rooms. William Crawford, Plan of the Estate of Newton Don (1828), copy at NMRS, C46537. William Crawford and William Brooke, Map Embracing Extensive Portions of the Counties of Roxburgh, Berwick Selkirk & Midlothian and Part of Northumberland (1843). K Cruft, J Dunbar & R Fawcett, The Buildings of Scotland: Borders (2006), p594.

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