Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 32463 66773
332463, 666773


Knox and Hutton, dated 1884. 2-storey asymmetrical Italianate villa with Greek details, L-plan with 3-stage entrance tower in SW re-entrant angle. W and S elevations stugged squared and coursed masonry, N and E elevations stugged squared and snecked; polished ashlar dressings. Base course. Moulded timber eaves course. Cill courses to ground and 1st floors. Band course between floors, continuous around tower. Broad course below lintel level at eaves. Red column-mullions to bipartite windows at 1st floor to S and W. Moulded lintels. Tall narrow windows at ground. Elaborate segmental-arched bargeboarding to gables and dormerheads.

S (MELVILLE ROAD) ELEVATION: 2-bay. Bay to right advanced: tripartite pilaster-mullioned window in rectangular projection with windows on return at ground, cornice and blocking course; corniced bowed bipartite window set in chamfered opening at 1st floor, pilaster flanked, with anthemion motif at centre of blocking course and broad dormerhead. 2 windows at ground in bay to left; dormerheaded bipartite window with bracketted moulded cill at 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay; gabled outer bays, bay to left advanced, with 3-stage tower in re-enterant angle.

TOWER: corniced doorpiece to S return, surmounted by small pediment with acroteria; moulded architrave and panelled ashlar fanlight detail; 2-leaf door with circular upper panels; balustrade to left with red balusters and cast-iron lamp standard cradling ball lantern. Small narrow window to 1st floor to S, and 2 to W. Window at ground to W. Mullioned and transomed window to each face at 3rd stage. Angle pilasters rising through band courses to 1st and 2nd floors, dividing into 2 at 3rd stage. Dentil and moulded panel details below 2nd floor windows; festooned decoration in frieze above. Broad eaves cornice and corncer brackets; pyramidal roof and weathervane.

Quinquelateral canted window at ground in bay to left, bipartite to principal face, with cornice and blocking cours; corniced bipartite window at 1st floor, with anthemion detail above. Window to right at ground in recessed bay to right; shaped panel at centre at 1st floor, with corniced cill and lintel surmounted by anthemion motif, containing patera and dated "1884". S return blank.

E ELEVATION: base course and band course between floors. Window to left at 1st floor, with cill course continuous from S elevation. Asymmetrically disposed windows. Service wing to right; boarded door, and 2 windows at 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: mullioned and transomed stair window at centre. Window to right of centre at 1st floor. Timber apex detail to gabled bay to left, with lower 2-storey piended service wing adjoined: 2 windows at ground, window at 1st floor, and window at 1st floor on return. Single storey half-piended range adjoined at centre: modern window, hatch at centre and boarded door to right; window and door on right return, modern lean-to porch adjoined.

Plate glass glazing pattern in sash and case windows, coloured border glazing pattern in upper panes of 2nd floor tower windows and in stair window, and in upper sashes of 1st floor windows. Rendered and lined stacks; gablehead to right to W and to left to N, wallhead to right to N. Finial blocks to dormerheads and gableheads. Grey-green slates; red ridge tiles. Some original cans. Original rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: encaustic tiled vestibule at base of tower. Wooden balustrade to half-turn staircase. Fine plasterwork in rooms. Elaborate mahogany chimneypiece and overmantel mirror in dining room; decorative timber chimneypiece in hall incorporating barometer and mirror in overmantel.

OUTBUILDINGS: row of outbuildings to E. Painted brick cottage, gabled to W, piended to E, adjoined to boundary wall to N.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATES AND GATEPIERS: ashlar coped rubble boundary walls. Ashlar gatepiers inscribed "Linsandel House" (later inscription) on repsective piers; moulded, fluted and carved scrolled detailing; corniced and pyramidal capped, with acroteria. Wrought-iron gates with decorative band. Square pyramidal-capped piers to N.

Statement of Special Interest

This building is called Netherby on the OS Map 1892-93. The house is constructed of Gunnerton stone; red Dumfries-shire stone was used for the mullions and baluster detailing.



OS Map 1892-93. C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1980) p163.

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