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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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