Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 54647 76283
354647, 676283


Mid-late 18th century. Originally U-plan steading, with

later additions in 19th century (see references).

Squared and snecked sandstone with ashlar rusticated and

droved quoins. Rubble sides and rear.

Mid-late 18th century U-plan to E, courtyard now

covered, but retaining 2 unusual basket-arched cart

arches with slit loft openings above; now bricked. (See


S ELEVATION: 2 gable ends, squared sandstone, modest

Gibbs surround to large double doorways and blind arch

above, eaves course extended on gable wall.

E RANGE: granary; roughly squared sandstone with

broadly droved ashlar dressings. Round-arched doorway

to centre with fanlight; windows flanking, now blocked;

further openings to S Grey slates.

Later additions to steading to W and N circa 1825-30.

Random whinstone rubble, stugged ashlar dressings.

Cattle court and turnip shed to W, threshing mill to N.

Red pantiles.

W RANGE: circa 1860. Separated from main block by access

lane; cartshed and granary with implement shed to N.

Random rubble with stugged dressings. 5 cart arches,

doorway at each end. 3 openings to loft. Red pantiles.

STALK: corniced red brick stalk on ashlar base by

threshing mill to N of E range.

Statement of Special Interest

Wemyss and March Estate. U-plan steading appears on 1792

survey and late 18th century plans. Suggested that 18th

century ranges formerly the stable block for Beanston

House; the buildings have undergone changes in use with

alterations. Basket-arched cart arches resemble those

at Longniddry Farm, Gladsmuir, facilitating livestock

movement between courtyards; also part of the Wemyss

and March estates.



J M Robinson (1983) p150.

Wemyss Drawings: volume of "Plans of the Lands in East

Lothian" late 18th century.

Survey of Beanston by John Bell 1792 RHP 1036.

Survey of Beanston circa 1800 RHP 3713.

Survey of Beanston late 19th century RHP 5524.

About Listed Buildings

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