Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 32543 72705
332543, 672705


Circa 1785. Remains of square plan rocaille grotto set

in woodlands to N of Newhailes House, in pleasure

grounds commissioned by Lord Hailes in 1780s. Currently

roofless and with 1 wall derelict. (1989). Sandstone

rock-faced rubble walls, interspersed with tufa blocks

on exterior; iron rods supporting overhanging blocks at

eaves level. Rounded-arch doorway with coarsely

vermiculated surround.

INTERIOR: formerly lined with decorative sea shell

patterns, mounted on timber panels, of which only

remnants remain in woodland around.

Statement of Special Interest

The fashion for such grottoes was at its height in the

later 18th century, popularised by precedents at

Stourhead, 1748, and Twickenham, circa 1725. Lord Hailes

possibly consulted Wright's publication in the initial

stages of planning his scheme.



COUNTRY LIFE 5 Feburary 1987, Paul Duncan, 'Newhailes',


Thomas Wright ARBOURS AND GROTTOS (1755-58).


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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