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

The Centre will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9th July to the end of August between 2pm and 4pm. It is also open by appointment for visits.  For further information about how a visit can be arranged,  please  click here to contact us. 

 

Events -

AGM Monday 30th May  2pm  All welcome

Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust Auction and Talk Staurday 28th May 2pm

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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 - 2.45pm.

  

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