Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 53574 67749
353574, 667749


John Adam, 1753-60. Identical pair of single storey classical

lodges, 1753-58, flanking giant piers and decorative iron

gates, wrought by Hillcoat of Newcastle, 1760, presumably

to John Adam's designs.

LODGES: red rubble sandstone with ashlar dressings, base and

eaves courses, rusticated quoins and moulded cornice;

rectangular plan. 3-bay elevation to the Avenue, each with

window; 2-bay return elevation towards drive, with window

to N bay and entrance gates and piers linking to S bay. 3-bay

S elevation to drive with doorway in open, consoled, pedimented

bay at centre; panelled door with small-pane fanlight and

blind oculus; window in each flanking bay.

12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows. Bell-cast,

grey slate, piend roof with lead flashings; corniced ashlar

stack at centre; slate hung, flat-roofed dormer addition.

PIERS: red sandstone ashlar pair of square section gatepiers,

towering to full-height of lodges; attached, coupled Doric

columns to each pier to The Avenue, semi-circular niche with

blank panel above to the drive; full entablature with deep

cornice and triglyph and metope frieze. Balustraded,

pedestrian gateways link piers with lodges.

GATES: ornate, gilded wrought-iron overthow with monogram and

coronet above 2-leaf wrought-iron gates and side panels.

Simpler wrought-iron gates in pedestrian gateways flanking


RAILINGS: wrought and cast-iron retaining railings, adjoined

to lodges, set on coped parapets.

Statement of Special Interest

Further earlier gateway and later lodge at Danskine,

listed separately in Garvald and Bara parish. Stone for the

piers and lodges came from quarries in Saltoun and Grange.

For Yester House and ancillary buildings see separate


Part of Gifford Village A Group.



C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978), p214. TRANSACTIONS of East

Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists vol.XIII,

JG Dunbar "The Building of Yester House'.

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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