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Symington House

A Category C Listed Building in Stow, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7244 / 55°43'27"N

Longitude: -2.8989 / 2°53'55"W

OS Eastings: 343639

OS Northings: 648256

OS Grid: NT436482

Mapcode National: GBR 8267.6S

Mapcode Global: WH7W1.FCTX

Entry Name: Symington House

Location: Stow

County: Scottish Borders

Parish: Stow

Locality: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Midlothian

Listing Date: 17 March 2009

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Building Class: Cultural

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51300

Source ID: 400183

Description

Dated 1812. 2-storey, 5-bay, near-symmetrical, rectangular-plan country house with slightly recessed single-storey hipped-roof pavilions to outer bays and substantial Classical doorpiece occupying elevated hillside position overlooking the Gala Valley. Coursed black whinstone with pale sandstone ashlar dressings. Raised margins. In-and-out quoins with droved chamfers. Moulded cornice with blocking course. Shallow piended roof. Whinstone rubble to side and rear elevations.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: steps to timber panelled door to centre with diamond-pattern glazing to fanlight above. Heavy doorpiece with Doric pilasters and deep moulded cornice.

PAVILIONS: 2-leaf, timber french door to left pavilion with ornamental glazing pattern; window to right pavilion. Tripartite windows with moulded stone mullions to N and S elevations.

Mid 20th century single-storey brick addition extending to NW corner angle forming L-plan. To Rear: large round-arched, leaded stair window to central bay breaking roof line of later, lean-to, brick addition running length of E (rear) elevation.

Predominantly non-traditional uPVC windows. Grey slate. Shallow piended roof with broad coped end stacks. Tall moulded octagonal clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2008

GATE LODGE, GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: diminuitive, single storey gate lodge with canted windows to W elevation and door to centre. Gate rubble boundary walls and coped, square-capped gatepiers.

Statement of Interest

Symington is a good example of a compact early 19th century Georgian country house occupying a fine setting overlooking the Galawater. It is notable for its refined massing and detailing to principal elevation. The substantial classical doorpiece and diminuitive flanking pavilions add further interest. The black whinstone masonry is brick-cut and of considerable quality.

Farming at Symington dates back to at least the 17th century. There was no mansion house on the estate of Symington until the present house was built by General John Pringle. The date of 1812 is inscribed on one of the quoins to the left front of the building. The house was built on the site of an earlier steading at Symington, depicted on William Roy's military map of 1745. The Pringles were a prominent border family and Lairds of Gala from the early 15th to mid 17th century.

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