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Cockburnspath, Old Manor House

Manor House (Medieval)

Site Name Cockburnspath, Old Manor House

Classification Manor House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Sparrow Castle

Canmore ID 58849

Site Number NT77SE 11

NGR NT 77477 71049

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Cockburnspath
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT77SE 11.01 77477 71049

NT77SE 11.01 77469 71063 Outbuildings

An old manor-house known locally as 'Sparrow Castle' is situated at the S end of Cockburnspath, E of the churchyard. It consists in reality of two old houses, one partially abutting on the end of the other and at right angles to it. The windows of the southernmost house are surrounded with a bead-and-hollow moulding, and three large corbels project on the W face of the wall-head. The N house is entered at first floor level by an outside stair. It has a vaulted basement.

RCAHMS 1915, visited 1908

NT 7748 7104. From the structural point of view, i.e. window mouldings, walling and style, it would seem that this building is no earlier than 16th century, and it has characteristics of houses of that period. It is in fair condition and is in use as a dwelling-house.

Visited by OS (JLD) 25 October 1954

As described by the previous authorities.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 5 April 1966

Architecture Notes


J. Drummond SAS 386 p.61 (drawing)


Photographic Survey (June 1962)

Photographic survey of the exterior of the Old Manor House, Berwickshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1962.

Sbc Note

Visibility: This is an upstanding building.

Information from Scottish Borders Council.


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