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Ewe and Lamb

Fire Insurance Plaque

Ewe & Lamb (13). Number 1 Teindhillgreen was once a public house called the Ewe & Lamb and it was in this area that the town's sheep market was held. This is a two storey house constructed of whinstone with red sandstone dressings and dating from the early 19th century. Notice the fire insurance plaque below the pediment. Before a municipal fire service was set up, private companies would fight fires only if a building displayed the appropriate fire insurance plaque. This indicated that the owner had paid the insurance firm his dues and was therefore covered from risk.

Also worthy of note is the blank window with trompe l'oeil blind and the massive brick chimney stack above the central bay. Blank windows were used to keep the symmetrical appearance of the building and generally indicate the presence of fireplaces or flues in the wall.

Bear right into Teindhillgreen (called Back o' the Manse in the 1800s) which leads to the edge of the town and on towards Preston. Many years ago, the ministers of the parish, in addition to receiving a cash salary, also benefited from a tenth share of the agricultural produce from the parish. The produce was stacked for the minister in a Tithe or Teind Barn . It was this type of building from which the street derives its name. There are many fine villas along this street and number 15 has a particularly good conservatory. Detailing includes stained glass windows, a domed cupola and a ventilated ridge. Not too far past this is Christ Church.

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Duns Scotland, Scottish Borders UK