Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - 19, 20, 22
Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 59810 77228
359810, 677228


Mid 18th century, S facing 2-storey farmhouse, re-

orientated with additions as L-plan in early-mid 19th

century. White painted harling, ashlar dressings.

E ELEVATION: entrance front; steps to raised ground

floor semi-circular arched-doorway to centre with large

decorative fanlight and 4-pane side panels; flush

panelled door. Later canted bay windows flanking,

extending to basement.

Recessed 2-bay extension to right, tall windows; with

iron bars at ground.

S ELEVATION: 18th century centre block; 6-bay, door to

3rd bay from left, small windows flanking at ground,

6 windows at 1st floor. 2 taller 2-bay piend-roofed end

wings added circa 1800; 2 windows at ground floor, 2

taller windows to 1st floor. 2 windows at ground on W

re-entrant angle; entrance front to E.

N ELEVATION: irregular service additions of various

heights; irregular window pattern. Sash and case windows

with 12-pane glazing pattern.

Piend roofs, grey slates, ashlar coped wallhead and

ridge stacks; some renewed in brick.

INTERIOR: Some original woodwork and plasterwork.

Statement of Special Interest

Countess of Aberdeen sold Phantassie estate to

George Rennie in 1785. Rennie erected lime kilns soon

after. Houston Mill is also part of Phantassie estate,

where Andrew Meikle invented mechanical threshing in the

late 1780's. George Rennie's son John, born 1761 was an

apprentice at Houston Mill; later became an engineer

famous for, amongst others, Waterloo Bridge, London,

from which balusters commemorate him in the grounds of

the house.





"The Scot who bridged the Thames" Muir Scotland's

Magazine, June 1961.

OS Map Haddingtonshire 1854.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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