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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34709 72089
334709, 672089


Circa 1740, with 19th century additions. 2-storey and basement, 5-bay villa. Sandstone rubble, heavily pointed and lined, with ashlar dressings; cavetto cornice and rusticated quoins; chamfered arrises to basement and 1st floor windows.

S ELEVATION: shallow canted doorway added at centre, circa 1800, with cornice and leaded piend roof, pedimented door bearing heraldic crest; flat-roofed, earlier 19th century porch added at head of stone steps

with trellised panels and canopy; 2-leaf doors; wrought-iron railings to steps. Corniced windows to remaining bays at ground and 1st floors; basement windows to canted sides of entrance bay, and in outer bays.

N ELEVATION: flat-roofed rectangular stairblock projecting at centre with 19th century tripartite window inserted and regrettable modern porch addition at ground. Late 19th century, flat-roofed full-height

projection added to outer right. 2 bays to left with regular fenestration at ground and 1st floor. Piended, slate hung dormer windows.

E ELEVATION: earlier 19th century, corniced rectangular projection at ground at centre, with tripartite window and parapet; 1st floor window to left.

W ELEVATION: 19th century conservatory addition to right, on rubble base with panelled base course and decorative cast-iron ridge ornament. 2 1st floor windows.

Variety of glazing patterns in sash and case windows. Grey slates to piend roof; panelled and corniced ashlar ridge stacks; cans retained. Lead gutters flanking main doorway.

INTERIOR: largely altered; stairwell retained with bull-nosed moulding to stair and decorative wrought-iron balustrade. Fielded 18th century panelling to 1st floor rooms, with bolection moulded chimneypieces.

DOVECOT: probably later 17th century. 2-storey lectern dovecot in poor condition. Sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings; 2 rat courses; coped skews with kneelers. Door to S elevation with oeil-de-boeuf window below eaves at centre. Currently roofless (1989). 150 nesting boxes in lower storey, 131 in upper.

RETAINING WALLS AND GATEPIERS: heavily pointed sandstone rubble retaining walls with ashlar coping to roadside; corniced, column gatepiers, ashlar, with ball finials to S drive.

Statement of Special Interest

The dovecot stands on land which originally belonged to the Colts of Inveresk House (former manse), hence the earlier date is possible. The Lodge and Stables are listed separately. A walled garden with greenhouse and cottage lie to E, but are of insufficient merit to be included in current listings. Eskgrove is situation in a more secluded position than the other miniature 18th century villas in Inveresk.



NMRS plans. MLD/41/3; MLD/43/1-2, S Tyrowicz, 1945.


A Niven Robertson 'Old Dovecots in Scotland', OLD EDINBURGH CLUB (1945) p79.

C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) pp267-8.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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