Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 92228 61122
392228, 661122


Possibly late 18th century in part with later additions and alterations. 2-storey with attic, 8-bay range of coaching inn, bays grouped 4-4, with flat-roofed porch off-set to right at front; segmental-arched pend opening to left; lower gabled projection at rear. Whitewashed render to front; painted dressings; harled at rear; sandstone rubble to rear projection. Painted base course; projecting cills; non-traditional timber shutters to all front openings.

NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 4-bay range to right with projecting flat-roofed porch to left; single window above; single windows at both floors in remaining bays to right. 4-bay range to left with glazed door at ground to right; single window at 1st floor; box dormer aligned above. Single windows at both floors in subsequent bay to left (consoled cornice above ground floor opening - former doorway). Single windows at both floors in penultimate bay to outer left. Segmental-arched pend opening to outer left with single window at 1st floor.

Predominantly 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows to front; some plate glass sashes; some modern windows. Grey slate roof (red pantiles to rear projection); stone-coped skews; scrolled skewputts. Corniced ridge and apex stacks; octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low, coped whitewashed walls to outer left and right; surmounting statues (painted).

Statement of Special Interest

Noted in the OS Name Book as "...a commodious house, two stories [sic] high with offices and stabling attached...occupied by the proprietor, Mr Thomas Bathgate and licensed to sell wines, spirits and beer." The offices and stabling are now much altered. One of the most prominent buildings fronting Ayton's High Street. The scrolled skewputts suggest the structure may originally date to before 1800.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (completed 1834, published 1845) p148. Ordnance Survey Name Book (1856-1858) Reel 60, Book 3, NMRS. Ordnance Survey map, 1860 (evident). C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1994) p22

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.

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