Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62161 74280
362161, 674280

Removal Reason

The designation of this structure as a listed building will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. It will continue to be recognised as being of national importance through its designation as a scheduled monument.


Later 16th century tower and 1772 Sydserff aisle of

former Parish Church, sited within graveyard of present

church (listed separately).

TOWER AND GATEWAY: 3-stage saddle-back rectangular-plan

tower, sited at SW corner of remaining low walls of

rectangular church. Roughly squared red sandstone rubble,

with regularly squared dressings. Formerly used as dovecot.

1st stage with low doorway in S elevation; blocked

arrow-slits in 2nd stage to S and N elevations. 3rd stage

recessed above set-offs, with crowstepped, gabled wallheads

to E and W, and blocked round-arched windows below

eaves level on each side. Evidence of former church gable

line on E elevation. Grey slates. Gateway to E of tower,

segmentally arched and roll-moulded arch within. Window

flanking to left.

SYDSERFF AISLE: small rectangular, single storey aisle,

originally adjoining to N wall of church, S gable and

projecting, narrower gabled addition to W, probably

William Burn, circa 1829. Coursed, stugged pink

sandstone with ashlar dressings; slab slate roofing.

Hoodmoulded pointed-arch doorway on S gabled elevation,

with corner buttresses, parapet to skew and sydserff

armorial above door. Original E elevation with small

rectangular opening (leper window, or for ventilation?),

and very small circular opening in N gable, with wreath


Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. The use of a surviving church tower

as a dovecot became quite common, it occurred for example,

nearby in the Friar's Croft, Dunbar, listed separately.

The parish church moved from Pitcox in 1561, and the Old

Parish Church presumably dated from this period. Permission

was granted in 1772 for John Sydserff of Ruchlaw to build

an aisle to N of existing fabric.




SKETCHBOOK of Edinburgh Architectural Association,


NMRS plans, ELD/97/1-12.

SRO, GD205/Box 39/Portfolio 9.

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