Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 31532 58771
331532, 658771


Probably Thomas Brown of Uphall, circa 1832. Single bay, single storey, rectangular plan Tudor gothic Session House. Tooled coursed sandstone with droved dressings. Pointed arched openings; chamfered reveals; long and short droved quoins, vertical to N and S elevations; eaves course.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical; gabled; doorway to centre, hoodmoulded with simple label stops; 2 leaf boarded timber door with decorative ironwork hinges.

S ELEVATION: obscured by timber lean to addition with corrugated iron roof.

E ELEVATION: predominantly obscured by brick lean to addition with corrugated iron roof; boarded timber door to right return.

N ELEVATION: symmetrical; single bay; single window to centre.

Diamond pane window. Grey slate roof with lead ridge; saddle back skews. Polished sandstone, corbelled, coped gablehead stack to W.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

Statement of Special Interest

The Session House is thought to be contemporary with Temple Kirk (see separate listing) within whose boundary walls it stands. It was used as an offering house so that the money did not sully the church.



1st (1852) & 2nd (1892) Edition OS Maps; G Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST REFORMATION CHURCHES, (1957), p266; J Thomas, MIDLOTHIAN: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, (RIAS), (1995), p102; NMRS Various Photographs.

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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