Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 29946 65110
329946, 665110


Earlier 18th century. 2-storey square-plan summerhouse. Sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings. Chamfered reveals to openings; eaves course. Centred window at each floor to SW. Forestair with some brick shoring and coped walls to 1st floor boarded door offset to right on NW elevation; vestigial wallhead stack centred. 2 relieving arches above a square opening, now with replacement boarded, 2-leaf garage doors, centred at ground to NE elevation; iron grille to window off set to right at 1st floor above. (Grilles removed from other windows). Lean-to addition at ground on SE face; window centred above.

Variety of glazing patterns including replacement 8- and 2- pane timber sash and case windows; fixed plate glass window to SE. Pyramidal grey slate roof, swept at eaves, with diamond pattern to SW; flat roof to lean-to addition; lead remnant of gutter to NW elevation.

INTERIOR: roof construction exposed; chimney-piece with bolection moulded frieze remains.

Statement of Special Interest

Polton House, to which the summerhouse was allied was built circa 1730 and is now demolished. The interior was once lined with trompe-l'oeil panels which were removed by Lord Perth in 1983 and installed in another garden building at Stobhall, Perthshire.



Appears on 1st edition OS map, 1854; J Thomas, MIDLOTHIAN RIAS GUIDE (1995) p41; S Cooper, AN INVENTORY OF ORNAMENTAL GARDEN BUILDINGS IN SCOTLAND, VOL 2 (1996).

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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