Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 23898 64533
323898, 664533


Earlier to mid 19th century, Symmetrical U-plan courtyard stables (now converted to domestic use). Single storey, snecked rubble with polished ashlar and droved ashlar dressings on subsidiary elevations; slated pitched and piended roofs, masonry skews. Altered with modern slappings, glazing and rooflights.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical pedimented gables of N and S ranges flanking open-sided entrance elevation. Entrance marked by snecked rubble screen walls linked at centres to simple square-plan ashlar piers with ball finials (originally flat pyramid caps), no gates. Each gable pedimented, that to left (N) an open pediment, that to right closed. Polished ashlar long and short quoins. 3-light windows in each gable, each light ogee-arched lancet with original timber sash and case glazing (2 panes over 2), except centre light to left (blocked), and lower sash of right-hand centre light (glazing lost); square hood moulds over; single, unglazed oculus in each pediment; coped block finials over skewputts and at apices.

W COURTYARD ELEVATION: 3 symmetrical arched openings, 2 wide segmental-arched cart arches flanking central pedestrian entrance (all glazed in), 3 regularly-placed modern Velux roof-lights into roof above. Velux roof-lights to N with ventilation duct above, S roof clear of skylights.

N ELEVATION: asymmetrical openings; modern concrete harled lean-to addition to left (E); 2 later piend-roofed dormer-headed windows breaking through eaves, further altered with modern glazing at left hand dormer, right hand dormer bricked up. Modern Velux roof-light in slope of roof to far left.

E ELEVATION: 5-bay, originally 4-bay: central doorway opening (original) with modern boarded timber stable door; 2 windows flanking to either side symmetrically, outer windows vertically proportioned (original), inner pair horizontal (modern alterations), outer pair with plate glass sash and case glazing with modern security lighting above, inner pair with modern glazing, 3 symmetrical oculi close up at eaves over central entrance bay and over outer bays; range of 8 regularly-placed modern Velux rooflights and single pipe flue in slope of roof above.

S ELEVATION: Timber stable (modern) with overhanging roof obscuring most of elevation, single window off-centre to right.

INTERIOR: modern conversion.

Some 4-pane timber sash and case windows and modern glazing. Piended slate roof with roof lights and dormers. Ridge stack at centre of N range and later stack at E end of S range.

Statement of Special Interest

One of 3 surviving listed structures in the designed landscape of Woodhouselee policies (Fraser Tytler Memorial and Archway listed separately).

George Meikle Kemp (d. 1844), architect of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh, was employed on the estate, adding a wing to New Woodhouselee House (demolished in 1965) for James Tytler 3rd in 1843. He may also have built these stables at around the same time



OS 1st edition map (1856). T Small CASTLES AND MANSIONS OF THE LOTHIANS, Vol. II, 1883 (illustrates New Woodhouselee House, also known as 'Fulford Castle', now demolished); C McWilliam MIDLOTHIAN, p474. NMRS photograph showing stables pre-conversion, Jane Thomas MIDLOTHIAN (1995) p46.

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.

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