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NORTH BERWICK, ABBOTSFORD ROAD, WESTERDUNES WITH SUMMER HOUSE, GARDEN SCREEN, GARDEN SCULPTURE, TERRACE AND BOUNDARY WALLS, GATES AND GATEPIERSLB1380

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
05/02/1971
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Dirleton
NGR
NT 53090 85182
Coordinates
353090, 685182

Description

J M Dick Peddie, 1908. 2-storey and attic Cotswold,

Elizabethan style manor house, 2-storey and attic with

cellar to main house and single storey side projections.

Squared and snecked Rattlebag stone with ashlar dressings.

Moulded chamfering to openings. Moulded

string courses above ground and 1st floor to N and S of

main house. Stone mullions and transoms.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: main house symmetrical with 3

gabled bays linked by parapet. Depressed arched

doorway in pilastered doorpiece at centre with recessed

porch. Tripartite above with flanking bipartites.

2-storey, multi-light canted windows to outer bays with

parapets above, bipartites in gable heads. Single storey

projection to right, recessed, with steeply pitched roof,

formerly billiard room; 2 small windows with depressed

arched lintels to left, 3 bipartites to right. Recessed

2-storey bays to left with gabled end bay, 4 bipartites at

ground with tripartite in gable and flanking small lights

to right. Flat-roofed single storey service court to outer

left with segmental doorway flanked by tripartites and

bipartites to right.

S (GARDEN) ELEVATION: 3 gabled bays to main house,

details similar to N elevation; tripartite window with

depressed arched doorway at centre, flanked by corniced

depressed arched doorway to right with Elizabethan stair

window above. Single storey billiard room with gable at

S and with tripartite window. Rectangular ashlar porch,

flat roofed, set in re-entrant angle. Lower bays to right

of main house with gabled outer bay, bipartites at ground

and 1st floor tripartites; irregular openings to recessed

bays. Single storey service projection to right, with

advanced outer gable.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: 2 gabled bays to main house with

single attic windows. Carved panel to gabled end of

billiard room projection to W gables. 2 gabled bays to

2-storey bays adjoining E gable and flat-roofed extension

at ground to left and shorter extension to right enclosing

service court.

Small-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows.

Decorative lead gutterheads. Gablet coping to gables

with moulded, coped gablehead stacks to most gables.

Westmoreland slates.

INTERIOR: original features retained on subdivision. Fine

plasterwork ceilings. Panelling. Notable music room with

classical chimneypiece and Adamesque plaster ceiling.

SUMMER HOUSE: circular Doric colonnade on stepped

circular base, with dentil cornice and bearing leaded dome

with fir cone stone finial. Set in circular, balustraded

area with moulded ashlar coping and dies. Sited in SW of

garden on sloping site overlooking the Forth.

GARDEN SCREEN: tripartite. Moulded semi-circular arch to

ashlar overthrow of gateway with voussoir keystones,

concave parapet. Flanking fluted pilasters with carved

friezes and dentil cornices. Channelled piers to impose

height with consoles clasping pilasters above. Channelled

outer piers, with ball finials, linked to centre piers by

blocking course and ashlar panels with keystoned arched

openings. Decorate wrought-iron gate. Coped rubble

quadrants with outer piers as above.

GARDEN SEAT: semi-circular stone 4-seat bench with

Gryphon ends and central division, decoratively carved

back rests and acanthus details. Sited by garden

screen, echoing quadrant's curve, before flight of steps.

FOUNTAIN: ornate, vast classical stone capital with foliage

carving and cable moulding above, adapted as fountain.

Sited S of house as garden centrepiece. Possibly an

imported piece of ancient sculpture or replica thereof.

Balustraded terrace walls, stone flights of steps and ball

finialled dies.

GATEPIERS AND GATES: channelled gatepiers and outer piers

with ball finials to main driveway. Coped rubble

quadrants with gateway to left quadrant. Decorative

wrought-iron gates. Coped rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Strong indications of G Washington Browne involvement in

design, Dick Peddie's former partner. Forms 3rd of group of

3 Elizabethan Cotswold style mansions in Abbotsford Road;

(see Carlekemp and Bunkerhill) with closer link stylistically

to the former. Garden screen bears similar gateway to Gryphon

gate, Manderston, Duns, Berwickshire. Allegedly a pupil of

Lutyens and Jekyll landscaped the garden. Garden seat and

fountain possible from Duveen. Decorative wrought-ironwork

almost certainly by Thomas Hadden. Formerly listed as

Westerdunes Hotel.

References

Bibliography

Dick Peddie and McKay plans.

ARCHITECT, 16.12.21, p364f with plates.

P W Adam, INTERIOR PAINTINGS 1920, No 24.

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