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 53353 68040
353353, 668040


Earlier 18th century former house, adjoined to clock

tower, rebuilt in 1884. Slightly later house (Dolphin

Cottage) flanking to E (listed separately); imposing

group effectively terminating the vista along the Fair

Green to the Yester House lodges.

3-BAY HOUSE: sited to W. 2-storey. White painted harling

with painted ashlar dressings. S elevation of 3 widely

spaced bays; door at centre with small-pane horizontal

fanlight and panelled door. Windows in flanking bays and

to each bay at 1st floor, under eaves. 2 windows to left

in W gable wall. 12-pane glazing pattern to sash and case

windows; grey slates; ashlar end stack and coping to skews.

CLOCK TOWER: centrepiece of range. Tall, 3-bay gabled

frontispiece with central clock tower. Stugged red

squared sandstone with ashlar dressings of lighter tone;

chamfered reveals; string course. Long flight of splayed

stone steps to door in advanced bay at centre, decorative

stone balusters to balustrade and panelled dies with

wrought-iron lamp standards. Door under steps all ground

level. Round-arched door with moulded surround and

hoodmould; 2-leaf boarded doors with small-pane fanlight.

Louvred round-arched bipartite above with hoodmould and

stepped apron, and bearing crested shield and stone plaque

inscribed "Erected 1887". Clock with Roman numerals under

eaves, further louvred bipartites to return sides. Cornice

to tower and slated spire with pierced square spirelet

ventilator at apex, terminating in decorative weathervane.

Narrow, round arched windows flank entrance bay.

Small-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows.

Ashlar coped skews with ornate skewputts. Gable end stacks.

Later 19th century rectangular projection at rear to clock

tower, 3-bays wide with mansard roof.

Statement of Special Interest

Clock tower was 1st erected in 1775, replaced in 1887 when

the buildings were converted from parochial school to village

hall, in celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

The clock was presented at this date by Peter Burn Swinton,

the Yester estate factor. Group effect maintained, despite

differing heights of bays flanking tower block, by identical

paintwork employed.

Part of Gifford Village A Group.



Allan D Scott YESTER: CHURCH AND PARISH (1978). Rev John

Muir GIFFORD 1750-1850 (1913).

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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