Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 33114 65839
333114, 665839


From 12th century. Boundary wall built to surround Newbattle Abbey precincts. Remains of original medieval wall runs from North Port Lodge northwards to first bend in road S of Archbishop Leighton's House (NT 3310 6592 - NT 3319 6614). Tall sandstone random rubble wall; rendered, consolidated and rebuilt in places. Northern part reaches 10-15 feet in height with rough stone coping; reworked areas further S with repaired or damaged coping. Low stone doorway leads to earlier church (now the site of Lothian Burial Ground) and later door positioned opposite present church with raised long and short surrounds. Wall, possibly Monkland Wall, reworked and reduced in size continues in places S from South Port Lodge to NE of Riverside Cottages.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with Newbattle Abbey, Newbattle Abbey Policies Fernery, Grotto and Ice House, Lothian Burial Ground, Maiden Bridge, 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. Newbattle Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1140 by David I as the daughter house of Melrose Abbey. The Monkland Wall probably dates from the earliest enclosure of the precints in the 12th century. The Monkland Wall as depicted on 2nd Edition OS Map runs S from South Port Lodge and NE of Riverside Cottages where there are some remains of a wall covered in vegetation, possibly the Monkland Wall.



J Adair, A Map of Mid-Lothian, 1735; THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, 1794, Vol 10, p216; THE NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, 1839, Vol 1; 1st Edition OS Map, 1854; 2nd Edition OS Map, 1907; RCAHMS, INVENTORY FOR MIDLOTHIAN AND WEST LOTHIAN, 1929, Inv No 190, p148.

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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