Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 81321 20892
381321, 620892


Late 17th century. 2-storey, 4-bay, T-plan former house with crowstepped NE gable and steeply pitched roof. Harled sandstone rubble with squared red sandstone dressings and margins. Irregular fenestration with chamfered or rounded architraves; three separate doors give access to SW, NE sections and NW wing.

Principal elevation to W with later (probably 19th century) segmental-arched vehicle entrance now infilled with timber boarding; plate glass windows and modern door to left and stable door to right. 4 windows, some glazed. Stable door to E elevation of N wing.

Windows predominantly boarded up or glazed with plate glass.

Rubble stack on E gable with small cope. Corrugated iron roof. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: now gutted including removal of first floor and stairs with only traces of original features. Room at W, probably originally the kitchen, with very wide chimneybreast and smaller 18th century chimneypiece and flue built into centre. Remains of chimneypiece on NE gable at first floor level.

Statement of Special Interest

Old Belford House is a rare and interesting survival of a 17th century Laird's House. It is situated in a remote valley in the one of the southernmost parts of Roxburghshire and forms a picturesque group with the adjacent farm buildings. At the time of the New Statistical Account it was the property of Sir John Scott Douglas of Belford and it was perhaps he who abandoned the old house and built the new one a few hunded metres to the South in the early 19th century, the new house being identifiable on Crawford & Brooke's map of 1843. Despite the loss of many of its features Old Belford still has considerable presence. At the time of listing (2007) it was in use as a store. It has probably been used as a barn since the 19th century.



New Statistical Account of Scotland (1834), volume III, p450. William Crawford and William Brooke, Map Embracing Extensive Portions of the Counties of Roxburghshire Berwick Selkirk & Midlothian and Part of Northumberland (1843). First edition Ordnance Survey map (circa 1863). RCAHMS, Inventory of Roxburghshire (1956), volume II, no 636, p327.

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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