Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
West Linton
NT 14996 51769
314996, 651769


1861, with additions 1894. Octagonal-plan clock tower and public well with carved figure (see Notes). Dressed sandstone ashlar. Base course with square cut well head to E (street) elevation. Above well, copy of 1666 statue of wife of local stonemason James Gifford on decorated base, flanked by cast-iron lamps on scrolled brackets. Octagonal shaft corbelled out to squared upper clock-face stage with 2 circular clock faces to main street; 2 blank roundels to rear. Carved octagonal cap with weathervane finial at apex. Narrow timber access door to rear (W) elevation.

Statement of Special Interest

Prominently sited example of an ornamental Victorian stone clock tower and well on the site of an earlier market cross and public well. The earlier well dated to 1666 was gifted by celebrated local stonemason and laird James Gifford as a memorial to his wife and children, whose statues formally adorned the pedestal.

The cross was replaced in 1861 and heightened in 1894 to form a clock tower with good quality stonework and detailing and continued to incorporate the carved figure of Gifford's wife, which is dated 1666 on the skirt. The statue was removed as a conservative measure in 1996 and, in 2001, was replaced by a cast by Graciela Ainsworth Associates of Edinburgh. The original is now in the Graham Institute building in the lane behind the clock tower.

West Linton has a long-established tradition of stonecarving due to the supply of good quality local stone. Further examples of 17th century stonework by Gifford are at nearby Spitalhaugh and Paulswell (see separate listings). Other fragments of carved stones in West Linton likely to be by Gifford are described in more detail in the RCAHMS Inventory (see References).

List description updated at resurvey (2010).

Statutory address revised to correct spelling mistake in 2024. Previously listed as 'WEST LINTON, CLOCK TOWER AND PUBLIC BELL'.



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1855). 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1896). RCAHMS INVENTORY, Peeblesshire Vol II, (1967) No 652, pp339-40. Charles A Strang, Borders and Berwick, An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1994) p258. Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar and Richard Fawcett, The Buildings of Scotland - Borders (2002) p751.

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