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ROSLIN, ESKHILL HOUSE, INCLUDING GATEPIERS, TERRACE AND BOUNDARY WALLS AND OUTBUILDINGLB13846

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
22/01/1971
Local Authority
Midlothian
Planning Authority
Midlothian
Parish
Lasswade
NGR
NT 26416 62498
Coordinates
326416, 662498

Description

Circa 1800 with later alterations and additions. Built on terrace with ground falling steeply to SE. 2-storey, 3-bay plain classical square plan house with full-height narrow bow windows to outer bays; flanking single storey square-plan additions with lean-to conservatory to SW flank, and further, lean-to additions to the rear. Stugged cream ashlar sandstone to front (SE) elevation with polished ashlar dressings; squared sandstone rubble to rear and additions. Base course; eaves course with ashlar cope; long and short quoins. Square-plan sandstone rubble garage with grey slate pineded roof to NW.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-bay with set back flanking bays. Corniced and pilastered doorpiece at ground in bay to centre; deep-set, 2-leaf timber panelled door with semi-circular fanlight above; window at 1st floor above. Full-height, 3-light, semi-circular bow windows in each flanking bay. Window to screen wall of flanking bay to outer right; two oculi set high above. Lean-to conservatory projecting from screen wall in bay to outer left; two oculi set high above.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: original 3-bay block with projecting flanking additions to outer left and right; full-height addition between centre and left bay; single storey lean-to addition from centre bay to outer right of flanking right-hand block. Small pane glazed door at ground in bay to centre with window flanking; window at 1st floor above. Window at 1st floor in bay to right of centre. Window at ground in bay to outer right. Part-glazed door with window above to left return of full- height addition. Window at ground in bay to left; window at 1st floor above. Oculus flanked by two small windows set high in additional block to outer left with non-aligned window at ground to left.

12-pane timber sash and case windows; timber (possibly replacement) mullions to bow windows; grey slate piended roof; flat roof to flanking additions; slate to lean-to additions; ashlar coped wallhead stacks to SW and NE; ashlar cope to screen walls; cast-iron rainwater goods with uPVC gutters to conservatory.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan ashlar sandstone gatepiers with ashlar cope and square cap. Squared rubble terrace wall to SE, separating lower garden; round-arched barrel vaulted grotto recessed NW. Squared sandstone rubble walls with curved ashlar cope.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Hezekiah Merricks who, with his partner Hay, established a gunpowder factory nearby. In the terrace wall, just below the house is a round-arched recess which looks onto the steeply sloping garden.

References

Bibliography

NSA, 1843, p352 (Hezekiah and John Merricks of Eskhill are mentioned); appears on 1st edition OS map, 1854, and on subsequent OS map, 1894;

M Old, ROSLIN CHURCH CENTENARY IN RETROSPECT, 1881-1981 (1981) (pamphlet).

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