Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62068 74278
362068, 674278


Dated 1692, 2-storey and attic house, with single storey

row of 3 later 18th century former cottages at right

angles to SW, and early 19th century garden buildings to

SE. Red sandstone rubble with harl-pointing and variety of

of ashlar dressings, some stugged, some with chamfered arrises.

SE ELEVATION: originally 3 widely spaced bays; door at

centre with lintel incised 1692, and cement rendered later

window flanking to left, pair of windows to right; small

1st floor window at centre, flanked by narrow, taller


NW ELEVATION: 3-bay, grouped closely at centre, with

window to each floor, 3 of which are blocked, 1 altered to

timber mullioned bipartite, further ground floor narrow

window to outer right. Cottage row and outbuildings

adjoined to and extending beyond outer bays.

SW ELEVATION: windows to each floor in gable, with attic

window blocked.

NE ELEVATION: harled lean-to modern addition at ground,

small 1st floor and attic windows to outer right. 4-pane

glazing pattern predominating, 2 with 12-pane, in sash and

case windows. Crowstepped gables; Ballachulish

slates. Coped gable end stugged ashlar stacks with

thackstanes to house. Cottage row and outbuildings

adjoined to and extending beyond outer bays.

COTTAGES: 3, 3-bay, single storey cottages, with

irregular roof heights and pitches; door at centre

cottage blocked as window and flanked by windows; porch

addition to door of left cottage; outer left bay of right

cottage enlarged as door with windows in remaining bays.

Timber garden shed added to rear of cottage by house.

Steep roofs, coped stacks with thackstanes, pantiled.

OUTBUILDINGS: gabled single storey building (former

stable?), with fanlit doorway flanked by windows, and

with smaller window inserted later; piend-roofed garage

adjoined to S with blank rear and rounded angle to E.

GARDEN WALLS: rubble coped rubble walls to garden

enclosed to E and N of house from later 18th century.

Statement of Special Interest

The early date and relatively unaltered form of Woodlea

secures its place of importance in the village. It apparently

served as the home of the Biel House joiner; one of the

single storey cottages appears (from the 1853 OS map)

to have been the first post office in the village. Formerly

known as The Joiner's House.



Biel estate plans, copies at NMRS.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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