Nisbet has been designated a "National Treasure" being designated as a conservation area. It has remained virtually unaltered since it was developed in the 19th Century. The village was built for the workers of West Nisbet and East Nisbet farms. There are only two properties in the village that are independent of each of the farms namely the Schoolhouse and Smiddy House. Nisbet's original estate layout is still intact and is arranged around two informal spaces - the mill pond to the east and the burial ground to the west.
Among the original features which are to be preserved are boundary walls with coping, green painted timberwork and architectural details such as moulded hoods above windows, transom lights and arched doors with integral fanlights which highlight the significance of this important settlement within the Borders and Scotland as a whole. .
Nisbet is one of two highly attractive estate villages in the Borders to be designated as conservation areas following the recent adoption of the council's Local Plan Amendment.
The fine lay-out and distinctive architectural features on the houses at Nisbet and at Clintmains, near St Boswells, have persuaded planners to add both communities to the region's list of 39 localities with conservation area status. Nisbet's designation includes almost the entire village and means future development and alterations to properties will be carefully controlled. A Conservation Area statement setting out the reasons for the special status says: “Nisbet has remained virtually unaltered since it was developed in the 19th Century. The village was built for the workers of West Nisbet and East Nisbet farms, and there are only two properties in the village that are independent of each of the farms, namely the Schoolhouse and Smiddy House.”
It adds that the conservation area possesses a distinct identity and has retained much of its original character.
Nisbet's original estate lay-out is still intact and is arranged around two informal spaces – the mill pond to the east and the burial ground to the west.
“There are many significant features and architectural details that can also be found and are worthy of preservation”, adds the statement. “These range from moulded hoods above windows, and transom lights and arched doors some with integral fanlights.
“Boundary walls with coping are also an important feature within the conservation area and these too should be retained. All of these details and other physical features of the village such as the green-painted timberwork highlight the significance of such an important settlement within the Borders and indeed in Scotland as a whole.”
The conservation area at Clintmains also covers the majority of the village. Its name stems from “the farm by the lake” and was originally built for the workers of Mertoun Estate, owned by the Duke of Sutherland.
Editorial Supplied by The Jedeye. Pictish Throne
A reconstructed version of a Pictish Throne was once displayed in the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh. Made by Adrian McCurdy from Nisbet the throne uses local oak from Lothian Estates and the Teviot valley and was made over a nine month period.
The Throne design was based on the shape of chairs found carved on existing Pictish standing stones. Much of the detail such as jointing, had to be decided upon as the original carving was simplified. Decisions were agreed in collaboration with a museum team who regularly visited Nisbet for consultations. The seating posture and use of a foot-stool closely follow the original stone carving.
Adrian has lived in Nisbet for 37years and made furniture for much of this time. Some maybe surprised, but the techniques particular to Pictish woodwork are often practiced in Nisbet. Splitting tree trunks and skills with the adze can be as much a part of contemporary craft as ancient tradition. Other replica style woodwork of Adrian's' can be found in Mary Queen of Scots house in Jedburgh. Nisbet Bridge
This photograph of the Bridge at Nisbet was taken by Alistair McFadzen in February 2018
Nisbet Signs Erected
Your community council have been instrumental in having signs erected at the entrances to the village and also a sign to identify the River Teviot.