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BOWER HOUSE (BOURHOUSE) WITH GATES, WELLHEAD, TERRACE AND BOUNDARY WALLSLB14756

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
18/12/1979
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Spott
NGR
NT 66639 76577
Coordinates
366639, 676577

Description

David Bryce, 1835. 2-storey, Jacobean mansion, with service

block adjoined to E. Cullalo sandstone ashlar masonry, combined

with Bourhouse red sandstone in stable court and at rear. Base

and string courses. Stone mullions; architraves, lugged and with nailhead centrepieces.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3 irregular bays. 5-sided canted bay at

centre with scrolled, gabled dormerhead windows at 1st floor,

and pyramidal roof behind. Gabled bay, recessed to right with

advanced and stepped stack and armorial panel. Single storey

porch in re-entrant angle, tripartite window to left and

open porch to right, latter with rounded angles to lintelled

wide openings; large studded panelled door; pierced strapwork

parapet above with gabled armorial.

W ELEVATON: 3-bay, linked to porch at outer left. Slightly

advanced gabled bay to left, with canted window at ground,

parapetted as above. Centre and right bay joined at ground

by wider canted window, detailed as left bay, but with

tripartite centre window and 2 1st floor windows with gabled dormerheads.

S ELEVATION: slightly advanced gabled outer bay to left,

with rectangular, full-height projection and mirrored

strapworked parapet; bays to centre and right, with gabled

dormerheads.

E ELEVATION: red sandstone gabled service wing advanced to right,

with lower eaves;

INTERIOR: decoratively tiled vestibule. Fine Jacobean

plasterwork ceilings, with some gilding. Louis XV marble

chimneypieces. Decorative wrought-iron balustrade to stair

in main stairwell, with stone flagged floor. Winding stone

backstair.

STABLES: U-plan. Single storey side ranges with blind windows;

gabled haylofts above main range with segmental carriage

arches. Boarded stalls with shaped timber divisions and cast-iron

ball finialled columns. Court closed by curtain wall with

obelisk finialled gatepiers.

Multi-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows. Large grey

slates; tall diamond stacks, in pairs and groups, on pedestals

and with moulded coping. Gablet skews with finials.

TERRACE WALLS: Cullalo ashlar terrace walls, with gablet

coping and recessed panels; seats set in W wall. Gate and

wellhead: decorative wrought-iron gates; heptagonal stone

wellhead with saltire panel and decorative wrought-iron overthrow

added in 1927.

BOUNDARY WALLS: rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Commissioned by Major General Carfrae of the East India

Company, at a time when Bryce was still in William Burn's office,

and an early commission for the younger architect. Built on

site of former house. Bryce's perspective drawing of house

in ownership Richard Emerson. Former Home Farm sites at SW.

Lodges (one named The Standards) and Dovecot, listed separately.

Walled garden with summer-house and lean-to sheds, not included

in current listing.

Change of Category B to A 17.5.89.

References

Bibliography

Scottish Field (March 1973).

C McWilliam, LOTHIAN (1978) pp122-3.

A Rowan, V Fiddes, MR DAVID BRYCE (1976) Exhibition Catalogue.

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