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VICTORIA LODGE, TO NORTH OF TALLA RESERVOIRLB47120

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
17/04/2000
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Parish
Tweedsmuir
NGR
NT 10707 23120
Coordinates
310707, 623120

Description

J & A Leslie & Reid, circa 1900. 2-storey and basement, 2-bay Scots Renaissance lodge with courtyard to NE. Harled with red sandstone dressings. Base course; long and short quoins; chamfered reveals; eaves cornice; crowstepped gables with stone finials to apex.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled bay to left, 5-light canted sandstone window through ground and 1st floors with piended slate roof, sandstone tablet centred above; right return not seen 2000. Tripartite window to ground floor of recessed bay to right, single segmentalheaded window breaking eaves to 1st

floor above. Single storey block adjoining to outer right, pedimented window to centre, balustraded parapet, right return not seen 2000.

E AND N ELEVATIONS: not seen 2000.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 4-bay; outer left not seen 2000. Gabled bay advanced to left, canted window to ground floor, window to centre of 1st floor above, bipartite window to ground floor of right return, segmentalheaded window breaking eaves to 1st floor. 3 recessed bays flanking to right; ingleneuk advanced to centre of ground floor, windows to left and right returns, bipartite pedimented windows flanking to left and right, 2 segmentalheaded windows breaking eaves to 1st floor.

Variety of small-pane timber windows. Grey-green slate roof with lead ridges. Stone skews.

Corniced wallhead and gablehead stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: Jacobean stone and timber panelled dog-leg staircase to hall, with turned balusters and decorative newel posts. Grand panelled boardroom, ingleneuk fireplace set in segmental arch, with deep frieze; decoratively moulded frieze to principal boardroom, fluted Ionic columns supporting beams, painted roundels above panelled timber doors, boarded panelled ceiling. Decoratively tiled washrooms and toilets with original fittings still extant.

Statement of Special Interest

The Talla Reservoir was built between 1895 and 1905 to serve Edinburgh. The reservoir is linked to Edinburgh by an aqueduct 36 miles long, which at the time of construction had a railway running alongside to aid the 650 men who were building it. Victoria Lodge was part of the reservoir development. The fine Scots Renaissance building, which overlooks the reservoir, includes a grand timber panelled board room, kitchen, pantry and exceptionally fine toilet facilities in addition to staff bedrooms.

References

Bibliography

1909 OS MAP; C A Strang, BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, (1994), p250.

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