Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 83511 47409
383511, 647409


Dated 1769. Weathered sandstone classical column at centre of village green. 3-stage, stepped circular-plan base beneath square-plan pedestal with splayed base and moulded cap; circular-plan shaft with entasis above, moulded base and capital; surmounting square plan finial with carving representing boar beneath tree to NW; sundials on remaining 3 sides; metal gnomons.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Ancient Monument No 4268. A prominent landmark centred on the village green - itself developed in the later 18th century, following the replacement of "...a few miserable huts" with " spacious square, with a green in the middle" (STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, 1793). Swinton is thought to have derived its name from a time when wild boars once roamed free - thus, 'Swinetoune' and, as can be seen here, the adoption of the boar as a village symbol. This symbol is also incorporated into the Swinton family coat of arms and can be seen at the nearby church (see separate list entry, Swinton Church).



Ordnance Survey map, 1858 (evident). F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND (1885) p424. STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1793) pp332-333. J W Small SCOTTISH MARKET CROSSES (1900) plates 82 & 83. RUTHERFURD'S SOUTHERN COUNTIES' REGISTER & DIRECTORY (1866, reprinted 1990) p608. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991) p61. E Layhe THE HISTORY OF BERWICKSHIRE'S TOWNS AND VILLAGES (1995) p86. NMRS photographic records. Swinton Post Office photographic archive.

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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