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Mersington House, deserted medieval village 100m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6908 / 55°41'26"N

Longitude: -2.3603 / 2°21'37"W

OS Eastings: 377447

OS Northings: 644205

OS Grid: NT774442

Mapcode National: GBR C2YM.SV

Mapcode Global: WH8XM.Q776

Entry Name: Mersington House, deserted medieval village 100m SW of

Scheduled Date: 1 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4446

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Eccles

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a deserted Medieval village which is situated in a pasture field to the SW of Mersington House. A range of five sub-rectangular platform buildings occupies the NW corner of the field, to the W of the Lambden Burn and immediately to the SE of modern sheep-pens and a small plantation. Around this range of houses are traces of at least five other rectangular buildings as well as other signs of activity associated with the settlement. There are also the remains of several more buildings scattered over most of the rest of the field. The field is the site of Mersington Tower and a chapel.

The area to be proposed for scheduling includes all the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their use will survive. The area includes the whole field with the exception of a 50m wide strip along the SE boundary, the sheep-pens and plantation in the NW corner, and the part of the field to the W of Lambden Burn. The area measures a maximum of 300m (NE-SW) x 240m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of a deserted Medieval village which has the potential to increase our understanding of the development of rural settlement and economy in the Middle Ages.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 74 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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