Gardens Cottage

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Building summary
Gardens Cottage.JPG The front of the house in 2020
Name Gardens Cottage
Address West Port, Falkland
Postcode KY15 7BW
Other names Garden Cottage
Date 1717
OS grid ref NO 25060 07360
Latitude & longitude 56°15′10″N 3°12′40″W

Gardens Cottage is a house in High Street West (or West Port) Falkland, named after a former resident. It backs onto the Old Cemetery.

HES listing details[1]
Reference: LB31291 Date: 01/12/1971 Category: B
Address/Site Name

House (Miss Margaret Shields), High Street, West Port


Dated RACS1717 at lintel. Single-storey and attic limewashed rubble and modern Roman tile, small fenestration, one door now blocked as window.

Special features


Hinge brackets, said to have supported gates across the street.


New occupiers have put skylight windows to rear and are now seeking retrospective planning permission.[2]

Former residents

Mrs George Ramsay (c.1904).[3]

Miss Margaret Shields (who lived to a great age - at least into her 90s). The house was sold to Margaret's father Patrick Shields by the Guardians of Michael Crichton Stuart in 1922 when Michael himself would have been about 7. Presumably to pay off death duties. When Margaret went into a nursing home the house had to be sold; it was bought by Margaret's niece Patricia Gardens in 1999. At this time the house still had its original flag stone floors and was very basic. Plans were made out and the garden wall was repaired sympathetically with lime mortar but no further works carried out. Patricia sold the house recently approx 2018.[2]

Further references

In 1904, "... the tenant of the property on the west side of the entrance gate to the Burying Ground, belonging to Falkland Estate and tenanted by Mrs George Ramsay, had a hole in the garden wall through which a large number of hens kept by her passed into the Burying Ground."[3]

It was noted from 2007 as a "Building at risk", but has now been reclassified as "Restoration in progress".[4]


  1. HES record for LB31291
  2. 2.0 2.1 Information from former neighbour
  3. 3.0 3.1 Playfair and Burgess, page 94.
  4. Buildings at Risk register

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