Penpont Heritage Centre

Sundial Cottage

1899 - Sundial Cottage 1st leftSundial Cottage is a sandstone cottage dating from around 1830-40. William and Agnes Thomson moved into it in 1856 from March Cottage, Marrburn Road, Penpont having purchased theproperty for the sum of £17. They already had four sons but it was in this cottage that their last son, Joseph, was born in 1858.

1999 - Sundial Cottage

 

It was a simple '2-up / 2-down' cottage to which William a master stonemason made the significant additions of a cantilevered stone staircase and the armoury for the Penpont Volunteer Rifle Force above the yard outside. The house is built into the bank of the hill behind, divided from it only by a narrow, sandstone flagged yard adjoining a washouse, with a water pump and an open brazier for heating water.

 The Thomsons sold the cottage in 1868 for £75 and moved to Gatelawbridge. Eventually the cottage was bought by Buccleuch Estates after which it was let to a succession of tenants, the last of which was the Carsons. Jean and Doug Carson became  tenants in 1925 and, as a widow from 1960 onwards, Jean remained the sole occupant until 1996. Her long tenancy ensured that the building remained very much as it was in the Thomsons' time with most of its original features.

The cottage is now 'B' listed and became known as Sundial Cottage during the 1950s.

 

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General

General

At this year's AGM, the decision was taken to  open the Centre only on Saturdays (2.00pm - 4.00pm) during July and August until further notice. For entry outwith these times, please  click here to contact us. 

 

Forthcoming Events -

Doors Open Days - On Saturday, 7 September, 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Sunday, 8 September, 12.00 to 5.00pm the Centre will be open as part of Doors Open Days Scotland.

 

Marrburn - An illustrated talk by Morris Service, taking place in the Gladstone Hall at 7:00pm on Friday, 6 September 2019.

 

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PENPONT POST OFFICE 

You can find the Post Office in the Joseph Thomson Room within the Centre on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between 2.00 - 4.00pm.

 

 

 


 

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