Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62376 74417
362376, 674417


16th century. Wellhead in circular section with conical

roof. Squared and coursed cream sandstone rubble. 5'

4" high. Entrance on N side, 4' 2" high; well currently

(1989) filled. Stone roof of overlapping blocks,

overhanging at eaves; finial comprised of rope-moulded

neck, short shaft and rosette carving; top feature

missing. Wrought-iron curved gate.

RETAINING WALL: rubble coped rubble segmental wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Sited to NE of Parish Church, beside the road at a lower

level. Finial described as rosetted cardinal's hat, and in

local legend the tenure of Biel depends on the retention

of the hat. Richardson propose a cross finial in the

restoration, no doubt by-passed because of the latter myth.

De-scheduled 11.12.98.



PROCEEDINGS of Soc. Ant. Scot; 1882-83, xvii, p167.

RCAHMS INVENTORY, 186. Drawings by James S Richardson

for proposed restoration, 1904, at Biel House.

Copies at NMRS.

Theo Lang, EDINBURGH AND EAST LOTHIAN, 1952, p250.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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