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HALLS FARMHOUSE WITH RETAINING WALLS AND GATEPIERSLB14760

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
17/05/1989
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Spott
NGR
NT 65349 72767
Coordinates
365349, 672767

Description

Frederick Thomas Pilkington, 1860, made considerable alterations

and additions including refronting in sturdy Romanesque style,

to late 18th century farmhouse. 2-storey asymmetrical. Stugged

ashlar to S and W elevations with bull-faced, originally

detailed dressings; squared and snecked rubble of earlier house remaining at rear and to E, with ashlar margins.

Battered base course.

S ELEVATION: Pilkington addition to left. Advanced gable with

canted window at ground with shouldered jambs and quasi-column

stone mullions with foliate capitals. 1st floor bipartite with

slender column mullion with capital as above. Squat sturdy column bearing piend-roofed porch set in re-entrant angle, with foliate

capital and pointed archways to S and E. 3 recessed bays; 1st

floor bipartite at right, with cill cut to accommodate porch and

column mullion as above. 2 bays to right, of former house with

mannered jambs. 3 1st floor windows to right raised by

Pilkington, breaking eaves in swept, continuous shallow

dormerhead. Original door at centre blocked as windows. Slightly recessed lean-to out-building to outer right, given piended

end at S.

W ELEVATION: advanced chamfered gabled bay to left with

raised panel at centre, to full width under eaves level;

column mullion bipartite at ground with capital and lugged

lights to 1st floor bipartite. Re-entrant angle filled at

ground with small piend roofed extension with narrow windows

to W and on S return. 1st floor window above breaking eaves in half-piended gabled dormerhead. Advanced stack to blank right

bays, battered above eaves with coping and blind arcade.

Blank gable of original house of E, with lean-to out-building;

door on N return with DAIRY, painted on lintel; return (rear)

elevation with stair window of earlier house, and shallow

lean-to porch at ground. Pilkington addition slightly advanced

to outer and out-building adjoined at ground. Large paned

astragalled sash and case windows at ground, smaller at 1st.

Grey slates. Coped stone gable end stacks, 1 at ridge. Zig-zag chamfering to arrises of kingposts in gable heads, giving

shaved barley sugar effect; scalloped barge-boarding most

elaborate to outer right single storey outbuilding at S.

INTERIOR: stained pine woodwork of 1860, barley sugar balustrade

to dog leg stair and acorn finials; scalloped chamfering to door surrounds and panelled doors. Some decorative plasterwork.

Winding stone stair with cast-iron balustrade, retained from

earlier house.

Boundary walls; rubble boundary walls and gatepiers.

Statement of Special Interest

Similar Romanesque style used by Pilkington in his Barclay

Bruntsfield Church, Edinburgh, in the South United Free Church, Penicuik, and in many other designs. 1860 commission from

Andrew Stevenson, with James Hannan and Thomas Henderson as

mason and wright, a team which also operated at Tyninghame.

Such aggrandisement of an estate farmhouse, commissioned by

its tenant was most unusual. Steading to E, re-fronted and

given clock tower in 1955, not included in current listing.

'Dairy' was often painted over windows when the room behind

fulfilled this function, because it was then exempt from window

tax.

References

Bibliography

NMRS copies of Pilkington plans.

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