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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 31812 67355
331812, 667355


Earlier 19th century with gatepiers possibly late 18th century. Single storey, asymmetrical 3-bay L-plan lodge in the style of William Burn with crowstepped gables. Later addition to rear re-entrant angle and garage to outer left. Cream ashlar sandstone with polished ashlar dressings to front; grey ashlar sandstone to rear addition. Base course; cornice and blocking course to canted bay to left; hood moulds to door and windows; strip quoins.

NW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: hood-moulded doorpiece to square-plan porch in re-entrant angle to centre; replacement timber door; crowstepped gablet above. Bipartite window in bay set back to left. Projecting, 3-light canted window in advanced bay to right; crowstepped gable above. Timber garage set back to outer left.

SE (REAR) ELEVATION: Advanced, 2-bay addition to re-entrant angle with window to each bay; modern door to left return. Bipartite window in bay to short arm of original block; crowstepped gable above. Lean-to timber garage to outer left.

12-, 4- and 8-pane timber sash and case windows; grey slate roof; flat roof to additions; ashlar coped and corbelled, diamond gablehead stack to SW; ashlar coped, diamond stack to angle; ashlar crowsteps; cast- iron rainwater goods.

GATEPIERS AND QUADRANT WALLS: 4 square-plan, cream ashlar sandstone piers with moulded cornice and pyramidal cap, with decorative wrought- iron link. Cream ashlar sandstone quadrant walls with moulded ashlar cope.

Statement of Special Interest

The Estate Plan of 1790 shows two lodges at the East Gate, linked by quadrant walls to gatepiers. These piers have possibly survived, but the two lodges appear to have been replaced by this present lodge which first appears on the 1831 Estate Plans. A Group with Melville Castle, Chestnut House, Esk Cottage, Garden Cottage, Garden Farmhouse, Walled Garden and Lodge, South Driveway Bridge, South Lodge, Walled Garden Steading, and Willie's Temple.



SRO RHP 2095, Surveyor: John Wilson, Estate Plan of Melville Castle, property of Henry Dundas of Melville (1790). RHP 10599, Surveyor James Hay; Plan of Lands of Melville, property of Viscount Melville (1831). Appears on 1st edition OS map, 1854 and subsequent OS map, 1894;

J Thomas, MIDLOTHIAN RIAS GUIDE (1995) p30.

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.

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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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