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Syke Hill,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6296 / 55°37'46"N

Longitude: -3.2697 / 3°16'10"W

OS Eastings: 320155

OS Northings: 638064

OS Grid: NT201380

Mapcode National: GBR 53LB.XS

Mapcode Global: WH6V3.RR6N

Entry Name: Syke Hill,fort

Scheduled Date: 18 November 1971

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3068

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Stobo

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


Built circa 1820 with alterations of circa 1875. 2-storey, 3-bay near-symmetrical house of rectangular plan with stair tower and flanking additions projecting at rear. Cement-rendered and lined front and side elevations with polished and painted ashlar dressings and details, roughcast finish to rear with droved ashlar dressings. Base course, band course at eaves. Margins framing elevations. Architraved windows to S (front) and E elevations, margined elsewhere, all with projecting cills.

S (PRINCIPAL) FRONT: entrance door at ground floor centre with projecting stone porch comprising stone steps at base with flanking cubic bases to columns with decorated lower shafts and capitals supporting entablature and blocking course; corresponding pilasters with matching decoration flanking entrance door; 9-panel entrance door with plate glass fanlight above. Stone balls on cubic bases flanking porch. Bipartite windows at ground and 1st floor bays to left. Ground floor windows corniced.

E ELEVATION: 2 bays, symmetrical, with corniced ground floor windows.

W ELEVATION: 2 bays, with small windows, modern entrance porch intersecting at ground floor left.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: stair tower with tall round-arched stair window (now partially infilled) projecting at centre, single-bay infill with modern entrance steps and 2-bay 2-storey infill in re-entrant angles to left and right respectively.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows to most openings. Some 12-pane surviving at ground floor rear, stair window formerly multi-pane sash and case with border glazing. Grey slate piended roof including stair tower and later additions. Profiled cast-iron gutters with palmettes to side and rear elevations, cast-iron gutters and downpipes elsewhere. 2 ridge stacks flanking centre of principal front. W (2-flue) stack roughcast and coped with octagonal cans, E stack with ashlar base and 5 corniced flue shafts.

INTERIOR: tiled vestibule floor, panelled screen with etched glass uppers. Most internal fittings (except staircase) surviving at ground floor including panelled shutters and doors, chimneypieces and plasterwork (ornate in hall).

BOUNDARY WALLS: random rubble, with semicircular concrete cope to E. Random rubble retaining wall with ceramic cope to SW. Painted gatepiers each comprising 4 clustered columns corniced with domed caps. Cast and wrought-iron 2-leaf gates.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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