Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 82152 28268
382152, 628268


Clark & Balmin, wright and mason of Kelso, 1831, with later alterations. Single storey irregular-plan school (formerly incorporating schoolhouse), with 1992 addition to S. Rubble whinstone with contrasting broached sandstone ashlar. Long and short quoins and surrounds to openings; chamfered reveals; swept and overhanging eaves.

N ELEVATION: 6-bay. Advanced gabled entrance in penultimate bay from left; doorway with stone pentice canopy; boarded door; 2-pane fanlight; oculus set in gablehead. Tripartite windows breaking eaves in bays to right of centre and outer right. Pentice-canopied tripartite windows in remaining bays.

S ELEVATION: new harled wing adjoining to outer right; 2 groups of 3 windows; each group comprising lower central window flanked by windows breaking eaves in swept piended roofs.

W ELEVATION: 3 bays recessed from right. Single window breaking eaves in swept piended roof in bay to outer right. Flat-roofed enclosed porch in central bay; boarded door to left return. Tripartite window in bay to outer left.

E ELEVATION: enlarged tripartite window; new harled wing adjoining to outer left.

INTERIOR: much altered; plain plaster cornice to main schoolroom.

Timber sash and case windows; variety of glazing patterns, including some leaded lights. Purple-grey slate roof.

PLAYSHEDS: rectangular-plan piend-roofed playsheds and former cloakrooms, symmetrical along N-S axis; materials and detailing as school; original cast-iron columns replaced by steel columns; scalloped conical ventilator cap to E.

Statement of Special Interest

The Rev John Baird, writing in the NSA described the parish schoolhouse as "without exception, the handsomest building of the kind in the county".



HERITORS' RECORDS 30/7/1831; NSA (revised 1835), pp174-5.

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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