Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 33320 65896
333320, 665896


Late 18th - early 19th century ice-house with grotto incoporating later 17th century archway to grotto. Cup and dome brick lined ice-house built into bank; roofless grotto at entrance, accessed by later timber and parallel girder footbridge over the River South Esk. Sandstone rubble apart from principal grotto elevation. Chamfered rusticated segmental arch to grotto, with imposts; fluted keystone; flanking fluted pilasters supporting architrave with guttae. Corniced frieze with sculptured stones bearing Lothian sun emblem, initials, unicorn, boar and Maltese cross. Surmounting floral carved bases of the capping urns remain to the right and left. Open area with harled rubble to 3 sides including domed wall with central doorway to ice-house, raised 1 metre from the ground. Narrow passage lined with handmade brick leads to deep circular ice-house.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with Newbattle Abbey, Newbattle Abbey Policies Fernery, Lothian Burial Ground, Maiden Bridge, Monkland Wall, North and South Sundials, Port Lodge, Newbattle Road and Abbey Road Wall and Gatepiers, Lamb's Nursery, Archbishop Leighton's House, 1-5 Riverside Cottages, Old Bridge, Newmills Road, Dalkeith Lodge in Dalkeith Burgh and The King's Gate in Cockpen Parish. A rectangular structure is depicted on a 1743 Newbattle Estate plan published in Newbottil Newbattle by a bridge; possibly the grotto. The footbridge is not part of the Statutory List.



2nd Edition OS Map, 1907; RCAHMS, INVENTORY FOR MIDLOTHIAN AND WEST LOTHIAN, 1929, Inv No 182, p145; A N Robertson, ICE HOUSES OF THE EIGHTENNTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES IN EDINBURGH AND THE LOTHIANS, Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, No XXVIII, 1953, p112-115; C McWilliam, LOTHIAN, 1978, p349; NEUBOTTIL NEWBATTLE, 1980, p4; S Beamon and S Roaf, THE ICE-HOUSES OF BRITAIN, 1990, p501.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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