What is significant?
Beaumont (former Ardblair), comprising the complex of buildings dating from c.1854 to c.1900, at 115-129 Beaumont Road, Berwick.
How is it significant?
Beaumont Farm is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Berwick.
Why is it significant?
Historically, it is significant as one of the district's most important and earliest farming properties with sections of its buildings dating from c1854, the 1860s and 1890s or c1900. It has important associations with two major district pioneer farming families, the Buchanans and Beaumonts. The Buchanans were involved in cattle breeding, wheat growing and cheese making and the Beaumonts bred Ayrshire cattle, imported stud Southdown sheep and Suffolk Punch farm horses. It retains one of two cheese factories extant within the municipality, which provides evidence of this important early farm-based industry. (AHC criteria A4, D2 and H1)
Aesthetically, the buildings are good examples of building technology and design approaches dating from 1854, 1860s and 1899 respectively. Each stage of development is in a reasonable state of intactness and in the context of surrounding landscape, this provides a good illustration of the history of land use in the Beaumont Road area. (AHC criteria E1 and F1)