Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 64308 75231
364308, 675231


1836. Single storey row of 4, 3-bay cottar houses, of

Improvement period, given sympathetic piend-roofed rear

additions circa 1890. Red sandstone rubble with stugged

and droved ashlar dressings.

S ELEVATION: each cottage symmetrical with doorway

flanked by almost square windows; rubble in larger

blocks below cills. Pantiles and grey slate easing course.

N ELEVATION: piend-roofed extensions to each cottage;

each with 2 windows, that to right narrower. Pantiles

and red tile easing course.

E and W elevations largely blank, with small 4-pane

windows by re-entrant angles to rear.

12-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows.

Mutual gable and end stacks in ashlar.

Statement of Special Interest

Important, early examples of post-Improvement cottages;

possibly after Lord Rosebery's Dalmeny Cottages, illustrated

in London (1836) and earlier in the Highland Society

TRANSACTIONS; Lord Blantyre's Improved Cottages illustrated

in the Society's 1847-9 TRANSACTIONS, on the nearby

Lennoxlove estate, were more probably derived from the

example at Pitcox, than the reverse. The entail records

account for 8 cot houses in 1836, and the presumably

identical second row of 4 was evident on the 1854 OS

map, to E, evidently replaced later. The 8 cost $261.15.4,

through the commission of Mary Hamilton Nisbet Ferguson

of Biel. The 4 cottages are at present (1988) uninhabited.

2 further later rows now echo the above cottages to E,

similarly bordering the roadside, not included in current






SRO SC40/67/8, pp 212-3.

TRANSACTIONS of Highland and Agricultural Society, New

Series, 1847-9.

Further information courtesy of Dr John Shaw.

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