Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 74542 50285
374542, 650285


Earlier 19th century. Single storey, 4-bay, rectangular-plan cottage (at one time 2 2-bay properties). Harl-pointed red sandstone rubble; painted margins. Overhanging eaves; droved rubble quoins; droved long and short surrounds to openings.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: square-headed door opening off-set to left of centre; single window opening in bay to outer left; single windows in remaining bays to right.

NE (SIDE) ELEVATION: square opening at centre with narrow timber lintel and cill.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: obscured.

SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: small window opening off-set to left of centre.

Windows predominantly missing; some timber sash and case glazing. Wheatstraw thatch on thin purlins and couples beneath piended corrugated-iron sheeting. Brick ridge stack at centre; single circular can. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

Statement of Special Interest

Empty 1998. One of the few properties remaining in Polwarth, a village once home to many (the Ordnance Gazetteer records a population of 227 in 1881). Despite its present condition, the cottage retains some interesting features, most notably the rare survival of its thatched roof. At one time 2 separate cottages, the doors were originally set in the outer bays with windows at centre. Today, both the outer openings have been blocked to form windows and the opening off-set to left of centre, originally a window, has been made into a door. The road is so named after an argument between 2 packmen at St Mungo's Fair - held on the green at the height of village's importance. One of the men was murdered and subsequently buried nearby - his grave being marked on the early Ordnance Survey map.



Sharp, Greenwood & Fowler's map, 1826 (evident). Ordnance Survey map, 1858 (evident). F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND (1885) p214. Ordnance Survey map, 1898 (marked as 2 cottages). M Hall, M Totty & T Fleming THE HISTORIC KIRK, PARISH & VILLAGE OF POLWARTH (1997) pp17-18.

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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