Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 51525 68030
351525, 668030


D P Hepworth, 1930. English vernacular single storey and attic country mansion. Curved irregular plan; entrance court and garage adjoined at NE. White painted brick with elm weather-boarding; timber mullions; lead-paned glazing pattern in casement windows; Norfolk reed thatch; 2 large set-off stone stacks.

N ELEVATION: concave; semi-circular gower breaking eaves off-centre to left; deeply chamfered depressed arched doorway with deep roughly coursed stone surround; small windows flanking; long row of lights under conical thatched roof above. 3-light eyelid dormers in flanking bays, above variety of windows.

S ELEVATION: convex; semi-circular tower off-centre to right with mullioned and transomed windows at ground and simple row of lights under eaves above. Eaves of flanking bays above attic windows in flanking bays. 3 bays to left with large semi-circular windows at ground and small tripartite window above, and similarly detailed openings on W gabled return elevation. Mullioned windows to 2 bays to right of tower with bipartite, tripartirte and 4-light windows.

Single storey bays leading to circular garden room at W end.

ENTRANCE COURT AND GARAGE: low single storey and attic piend roofed lodge, adjoined to house with eyelid dormers to N and E; 2 garage doors to N (timber panelled doors), and porch to E. Pair of splayed painted brick walls forming court to N, flanking garage entrance, with thatched coping and drum piers with conical thatched caps: pedestrian gateway each side.

TERRACE WALLS: convex flight of stone steps flanked by square and snecked stone terrace walls by S elevation; flagstoned terrace.

Statement of Special Interest

Commissioned by Colonel Thomson in 1929. It is a most surprising masterpiece to find nestling comfortably to E of Bolton Muir Wood; a late Arts and Crafts essay it makes a pleasing contrast with the servere modernist architecture of the Thirties. Oliver Hill's earlier design for Woodhouse Copse, Holmbury St Mary, Surrey, 1927, apears to have offered a precedent for Hepworth, followed particularly in the design of the entrance bay, doorway and stacks at Bolton Muir. Arts and Crafts door fittings give the finishing touches to the design.



ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW 70, with illustration.

SCOTTISH FIELD August 1989, pp16-19.

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