Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
Mid Calder
NT 7259 67251
307259, 667251


16th-17th cent. mansion incorporating walls of earlier

fortalice. Trad. L-plan, main block, 3-storeys (with laigh

floors to N.) and garret. Random rubble. Gabled. Slated


Corbie-steps and buttress at W. end; skews, oculi, corner

stones at extension to E. Rusticated chimney-heads.

N. WING: 4 storeys and laigh floor. Extended in later 17th

century with skews etc. at gable end.

ADDITIONS: Built c.1780 and in 1880. In re-entrant angle

and on W. side of Wing. INTERIOR: Greatly altered. 3

contiguous vaulted chambers in older part of 1st storey

of main block; Drawing Room (Great Hall) in floor above has

pine panelling and tall windows. Kitchen and fine

scale-and-platt stair in Wing.

Statement of Special Interest

Seat of Lord Torphichen Barony of Calder has been held by

Sandilands family since c.1350.

In Great Hall in 1556, Knox openly celebrated the Reformed

Communion for the first time.






Inv. 172

C. & D. Arch. IV, p.387

McCall 'Mid Calder' pp.43-81 (plan; ills.)

Small 'Castles of Lothians' (ill.)

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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