Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 48896 83508
348896, 683508


Sydney Mitchell, 1902. 2-storey rambling plan English vernacular style house with 1st floor breaking eaves at intervals. Harled with battered base course, ashlar band course by entrances and tile-hanging to some gable heads. Timber mullioned multi-light windows; irregular openings.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: timber bracketted canopy to doorway set obliquely in angle of advanced bay of main house; small-paned upper panel to door in roll-moulded surround. Service cottage to outer right linked to main gable by single storey block with eaves swept down and 2 flat-roofed dormers; jettied 1st floor to outer gable. Full-height, harled, flat-roofed re-entrant bays to left of door, breaking eaves, with chamfered outer angle at ground and segmentally curved recess above ground floor. Recessed bays to left with window at ground.

W ELEVATION: loggia at centre under swept roof with doorway and arched window behind. Full-height projecting bays flanking breaking eaves, flat-roofed and rectangular to left, canted with piend roof to right. Archway to exterior inglenook to right, with broad, harled battered stack breaking eaves above. Recessed outer bays. Service court and irregular bays to N. Small-pane glazing pattern to all windows, mainly casements, pink tiles and tile-hanging. Harled stacks with ashlar coping.

GATEHOUSE/GARAGE: rectangular plan, harled, gabled garage, sited E of house, with diminutive piend-roofed tower adjoining N gable. Large, tall window to S gable; altered entrance openings to W elevation, piend roofed dormer. Chamfered angle to N, corbelled to square above small light. Wide ashlar archway in tower with keystone; panelled timber doors and decorative carved detail. 2 square lights above under eaves with ashlar cill course. Variety of glazing. Pink tiles. Harled, ashlar coped boundary walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Sydney Mitchell designed house for himself, formerly called The Pleasance. Voyseyesque touches in harling,battered base course and stacks, low lines and multi-lights.



C McWilliam, LOTHIAN 1978 p230. H Muthesius, Das Englische Haus. (1905).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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