Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62918 73451
362918, 673451


Earlier to mid 19th century with later 19th century

additions. Quadrangular traditional farm steading sited

on ground falling toward Pressmennan Lake, with power

house and stalk adjoined to SW corner. Red sandstone

rubble with droved ashlar dressings.

E RANGE: segmental carriage pend in raised bay at

centre, with spurs and piended roof. 4-bay cartshed

flanking to right with cast-iron columns; 4th bay to right

with 2-leaf doors; taller (apparently raised) corner

bay to outer right with later machinery doors, and blank

return to N range. 4 doors to left of centre, grouped 1-1-2.

N RANGE: taller slate roofed barn and hayloft/granary at

NE, later 19th century, with sliding machinery doors to

barn, 3 granary windows above and 1 hayloft door with

swept dormerhead, flanked to outer right by still taller

bay with door, and hayloft door above with piended


POWER HOUSE AND STALK: pantiled piended roof power

house at right angles to W range with 2-leaf door to W

and circular section red brick stalk in re-entrant angle to

right, set on tall sandstone base; neck band and moulded

cornice to stalk.

W RANGE: section demolished to right of stalk.

INTERIOR: cattle courts swept away circa 1985; courtyard

now covered-over.

Red pantiled retained on principal ranges and to power

house, with semi-circular ridge tiles; grey slates to

some later sections.

Statement of Special Interest

Pressmennan Wood covers the hillside looming up behind the

steading to the south, across the Lake. The steading

constitutes an austere, traditional example of

post-improvement farm building. The Adair map indicates

that some property stood on the site in the mid 18th

century, known as Presminnen. The William Forrest survey of

1977 shows the land to have belonged to William Hamilton

Nisbet of Biel and Dirleton.



Adair, map of Haddingtonshire, 1736. Forrest, survey

1799, RHP 38149.

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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