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Floors Castle, gateway and lodges View from South East Digital image of RX/2316

SC 769843

Description Floors Castle, gateway and lodges View from South East Digital image of RX/2316

Date 1955

Catalogue Number SC 769843

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of RX 2316

Scope and Content Gateway and Lodges, Floors Castle, Scottish Borders This shows the main entrance gateway and lodges which were commissioned by the 8th Duchess as a silver wedding present to her husband in 1929, and designed by Reginald Fairlie (1883-1952). The two square gate piers are surmounted by urns and support wrought-iron gates that are topped by a Roxburghe armorial. Wrought-iron screens with integral pedestrian gates flank the gate piers. The lodges at each side are square with square central chimney-stacks and bell-cast pavilion roofs (shaped like a bell and sloping at all ends). Part of the estate boundary wall can be seen on the left. The gateway has an imposing location in Kelso at the top of Roxburghe Street, named after the family. The 8th Duchess would have wanted the design of the entrance to show people passing through Kelso that the Roxburghes were an affluent family with good taste in architecture and to give a hint of the style of the castle. Floors Castle was built in 1718 for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe and was probably designed by John Vanburgh (1664-1726) with alterations by William Adam (1689-1748). The 6th Duke of Roxburghe commissioned William Playfair (1790-1857) to alter and extend the castle between 1838 and 1849. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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