Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 53218 67921
353218, 667921


Late 18th century, probably doubled in size to W, circa 1825.

2-storey classically detailed mansion with single storey

wings. Rubble red sandstone with ashlar dressings and mid 19th

century canted windows, and pink harling to wings and in

part to side elevations. Eaves cornice and blocking course.

E ELEVATION: 3 2-storey bays with centre bay advanced and

pedimented with blind oculus, moulded door surround, rounded

at corners, with hoodmould above and blank, diamond flanked

shield in frieze; decorative fanlight. Canted parapet windows

flanking at ground intercepting centre bay; single window

to each bay at 1st floor. Piend roofs to single bay slightly

recessed wings; left wing with stone mullioned bipartite,

right wing with garage door inserted.

S ELEVATION: with 2 wings, 1 modern and flat-roofed. Tall

margin-glazed stair window margined windows.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay. Asymmetrical windows. Service door in

slightly recessed piend-roofed wing to left. 12-pane glazing

pattern to sash and case windows, end stacks rendered and

lined partly repaired in brick. Some original cans retained.

Grey slates to piend roofs.

PIERS AND GARDEN WALLS: grey ashlar gatepiers of cross-plan to

S, each with simple entablature and cavetto cornice below

pyramidal cap. Ashlar coped rubble and rubble garden walls to

W, adjoined to outbuildings and with terrace wall to ground

by house.

Statement of Special Interest

Known as Holynbank until recently, when it reverted to

its original name, Forbes Lodge. Form of E elevation

echoes the earlier design at Gifford Vale, listed

separately, but with canted bays in addition.



William Forrest map of Haddingtonshire, 1799.

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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