Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 33417 37592
333417, 637592


Late 18th century with earlier 19th century and later additions. 2-storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan symmetrical former manse (now subdivided) with corniced square pilastered doorpiece. Finely tooled whinstone rubble with tabbed raised and painted sandstone window margins. Base course. Later 20th century brick and rendered external stair, sunroom and box dormers to N.

Predominantly 12-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows; panelled timber door with 4-pane glazed fanlight. Slate roofs; stone skews; corniced ashlar gable end stacks with plain cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: some good later 19th century detailing in place including egg and dart cornicing to principal room. Marble chimneypieces with tiled inserts and some plain timber mantels to upper floor. A mixture of 6- and 4-panel doors.

BOUNDARY WALLS: whinstone rubble.

Statement of Special Interest

Mansley Lodge and The Green Gables is a large former manse with a fine Classical main elevation, which makes a strong contribution to the local history of the area. The building was adapted from a 18th century farmhouse to be used as the manse for the adjacent Old Parish Church (demolished circa 1880) in 1779.

The building is thought to have been built in two stages; according to Kitty Cruft the N section was added later in 1879 by Archibald Nicol. The whole building is however shown on Dobson's map of 1849 suggesting otherwise. The owner was told by the previous occupant that the section to the North was an early 18th century farmhouse with the main elevation South section and being added in the earlier 19th century. A visible line in the gable of the N section would also strengthen the case that it is an earlier building with the roof being raised at a later date.

There is no evidence of the internal staircase, removed during the subdivision, which could help with understanding the former layout of the house before the property was subdivided.

L-plan former stables to the West, under separate ownership and converted to housing, have interesting diamond roof ventilators.

List description revised 2008.



John Ainslie Map of the Southern Part of Scotland, 1821. 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map (1855). W Chambers, A History of Peebleshire (1864) p368. Thomas Dobson, Reminiscences of Innerleithen and Traquair, (1896). J W Buchan, History of Peebleshire (Vol III) (1925) p373. Robb and Stevenson, Glimpses of Old Innerleithen and Traquair (1989) p16. Kitty Cruft, Buildings of Scotland, Borders (2006), p401.

About Listed Buildings

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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)

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