Scottish Borders Stonemasons
History of the Primrosehill Cottages, Duns
Primrosehill is recorded as a farm name from the 17th century. Earlier pastoral farmers lived in defensive enclosures on the higher ground nearby at Stoneshiel Hill. The eight small cottages built in a U-shaped block, and now known as Nos.3-10 Primrosehill Farm Cottages, are from a more recent period when landlords such as, in this case, Douglas and Angus Estates were taking advantage of government grants in the 1840s to invest in their farms. These “improved” dwellings were built to house the larger labour force needed when the farm was producing more arable crops and to replace the small number of less comfortable cottages which lay close to the farmhouse.
Works completed at the Primrosehill cottage’s for Robin Kent Architecture & Conservation
The stonework at Primrosehill Cottages, was built with local Swinton stone. The cottages were highly exposed to driving winds, due to theie location. This caused the decay of the masonry units, cement pointing to the stonework did not help this process .
Edinburgh Stonemasons were selected to carry out the following work:
- We replaced 18 stones using matched sandstone
- Rake out all open and decayed joints, pointed to Scottish Lime Centre spec
- Tool finish to match existing detail
- Repair to cracked lintol
- Code 4 lead apron flashings
Edinburgh Stonemasons Ltd specialise in the conservation and restoration of stone buildings and structures. We use traditional techniques and materials which incorporate today’s best practices.