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41 INVERESK VILLAGE, WHITEHOUSE AND EASTER WHITEHOUSE WITH RETAINING WALLS, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGSLB10931

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
22/01/1971
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Inveresk
NGR
NT 34932 71851
Coordinates
334932, 671851

Description

Complex amalgam of buildings of different dates,

possibly unfolding as follows: earlier 18th century 2-

storey house, with attic and cellar, adjoined to N by

mid to later 18th century house and later 18th century

houses to SE; early 19th century linking section to SE

and earlier 19th century to NE; further later additions

and alterations. Small courtyard formed at centre; sub-

divided post 1953. White painted harled with painted

ashlar dressings; some with chamfered arrises.

WHITEHOUSE: earlier 18th century house with 3 irregular

bays to W; corniced and lugged doorway with pulvinated

frieze; panelled door, upper panels glazed; windows in

flanking bays at ground; 3 irregularly spaced, narrow

windows under eaves above. 2 windows to ground and

1st floor on gabled S elevation and 1 attic window.

Steeply pitched gables; end stacks. Mid to later 3-bay

house adjoined to N gable, and slightly recessed, with

higher eaves and regular windows to W, in each bay; 1st

floor windows probably enlarged; 2 large, later windows

at 1st floor on N gable; broad gablehead stack.

19th century piend-roofed addition to E corner with

regrettable modern French window inserted at ground,

and 2 1st floor windows to N.

INTERIOR: early 19th century panelling to entrance

sitting room and 1st floor drawing room; 20th century

marble scale and platt staircase addition; Adamesque

chimneypiece; coomb ceiling with decorative plasterwork

to drawing room, and niche with shell motif. Mural

landscape paints probably 18th century, at 1st floor.

EASTER WHITEHOUSE: corniced doorway to S, in narrow

3-bay corniced linking block with blocking course; 2-

leaf panelled doors; bipartite, stone mullioned windows

flanking at ground, and large 1st floor window at

centre; grey slates and E end stack. Late 18th century

irregular 3-bay gabled blocks to E, at right angles to

linking block; door in lower bays to S, with swept

dormerheads added later to left; brown pantiles. Higher

eaves to 3 irregular bays to right; red pantiles.

Further additions to E and entrance.

Variety of glazing patterns, predominantly small-pane

and sash and case windows. Ashlar coped skews.

RETAINING WALLS, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGS: rubble

retaining walls to S, enclosing grounds by Crookston

Road and Whitehouse Cottage, and gardens to N and E;

weathered, corniced ashlar gatepiers with ball

finials; 2-leaf arrowhead gates. Low ashlar coped wall

with arrowhead railings to S and W. Decorative wrought-

iron gates to garden.

Statement of Special Interest

The title deeds suggest that the Whitehouse was built

about 1740. It was subsequently owned by Lord Easdale,

Advocate. In the 19th century it served as a nursing

home. Sir Frank Mears took up occupancy from 1930 until

his death in 1953. More recently, Peter Whitson,

architect resided here. Minor similarities with the

interior decoration at the Manor House (the shell niche

and painted landscape), suggest some interaction between

the 2 properties.

References

Bibliography

G W Burnet HISTORY OF INVERESK VILLAGE p6.

NMRS plans: MLD/49/1-8, S Tyrowicz, 1945.

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