Paxton Trust Waterwheel Project

The Paxton Trust is set to restore the waterwheel and beam pump of one of Scotland’s oldest domestic water supply systems thanks to grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, BCCF Environmental (Scottish Borders Council Landfill Communities Fund monies) and the Fallago Environment Fund. HLF has announced an award of £56,500.

An eighteenth century stone cistern connected to several natural springs in Paxton Dene and the foundations of a waterwheel and machinery to pump that clean water up to Paxton House had been discovered by local volunteers. Only fragments of the original plant were discovered at Paxton, but a very similar wheel and pump were found lying derelict at nearby Blackadder Mount. That led to a plan from heritage engineering consultant Jim Mitchell to recommission the Blackadder machinery on the Paxton site as a working heritage feature.

The Paxton Trust is extremely grateful to the volunteers who are leading this project; to Blair Harrower for the donation of the historic machinery; and to the HLF and other donors for awarding the funds required to complete the job. Work will start soon to restore the site and the machinery, and to create an access path so that visitors will be able to see one of Scotland’s oldest pumped domestic water systems working again. The project will take a year to complete, and the waterwheel will start turning when Paxton House opens for the 2018 season.

Paxton trustee John Home Robertson said “Paxton House is famous for its Adam architecture and its Chippendale furniture, but the people who lived and worked here in 1790 needed clean water,  which had to be pumped up the brae from Paxton Dene. It will be great to see a waterwheel driving a beam pump here again, and we are very grateful to the HLF and the other funders for supporting this initiative”.

Paxton House Education Officer Hermione Hoffmann added “We will be working with local schools to record the restoration work during 2017, and we are looking for volunteers to help to maintain and operate the waterwheel and pump for the benefit of our visitors”.

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said “Uncovering where and how our ancestors lived helps communities to understand their own history and identity. Thanks to National Lottery players. HLF is able to support projects such as the restoration of the waterwheel and beam pump at Paxton House, that produce tantalising clues about the past and provide volunteers with new skills”.

Keeps your eyes peeled for future updates about the waterwheel. We will be tracking the progress of the project through our website and social media.

South Lodge – Cosy stay in the Scottish Borders.

We just want to take a minute to highlight the beautiful lodge we have here at Paxton House that is a wonderful retreat for couples wanting a long weekend away.

The lodge sits at the entrance to the estate and has a garden for those Summer days.  It is perfectly situated to explore the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland, only being 3 miles from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and the A1. We also offer 10% off in The Stables Tearoom and The Regency Gift Shop!

South-Lodge

Curl up in the beautifully clean living room, it features a lovely log burning stove to use during those cold winter nights.

Sitting-room

There is also a lovely sized double bedroom for a cosy nights sleep after a day of exploring the grounds and Paxton House gems.

double-bedroom

And we can’t forget those furry friends, your pets are very welcome to stay here at Paxton Houses South Lodge. There are lovely riverside walks and more throughout the grounds, even enjoy an 8km walk to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, or head along to the Union Chain Bridge and up to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm.

There is so much to do when staying here at the Paxton estate you will just have to come back for more.

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