NT9464 : Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth

taken 8 months ago, near to Eyemouth, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth
Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth
A classical mansion house by the Adam brothers, built c 1753-4, overlooking Eyemouth Harbour.

Investigation of the house in 2006 revealed a suite of concealed areas associated with smuggling activities of the early owners, the Nisbet family. These include voids within blocked window ingos accessed by removal sections of panelling and containing a hoist mechanism; a concealed hatch leading to a large sub-floor/intra-mural cavity; and a timber-formed and zinc-lined chute running through three floors, constructed for the concealment of illicit tea. Early paper backing to the zinc lining preserves a sequence of hand-painted Chinese characters; the lining of the shaft evidently reused linings from Chinese tea chests.

These features were probably installed very shortly after the completion of the main construction works of the house - perhaps by trusted locals rather than the larger general team.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 May, 2018   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 May, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 9474 6436 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:52.3426N 2:5.1379W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 94656 64364
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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