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The Hirsel


Gazetteer No. G0002

Date 1886

Address Coldstream, Berwickshire TD12 Scotland


Lutyens had probably met the Earl of Home in London through his father who had often made paintings for patrons in Scotland. He had generously offered a design problem to the student of sixteen – to enlarge The Hirsel – and Lutyens had responded with characteristic confidence: ‘It is one of the most interesting [problems] I have ever had’. Lutyens proposed to raise the roof, add a front door and many bay windows. Inside he opened up ‘the saloon and staircase- throwing them into one as it were’. He completely transformed the Georgian fenestration of the existing house into Tudor bays with gables. The project was on an enormous scale, and, not surprisingly, was never carried out. (Amery et al., 1981, cat no. 26)


Amery, C., Richardson, M. and Stamp, G. (1981) Lutyens, the Work of the English Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944): Hayward Gallery London, 18 November 1981-31 January 1982. London: Arts Council of Great Britain.

Also Cited In

Cruft, K., Dunbar, J. and Fawcett, R. (2008) Borders. The Buildings of Scotland. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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Earl of Home