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STENTON, WEST GREEN, THE SMIDDY WITH OUTBUILDINGS AND RETAINING WALLSLB14819

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
02/05/1990
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Stenton
NGR
NT 62026 74050
Coordinates
362026, 674050

Description

18th and 19th century. Single storey pair of cottages

with smithy adjoined currently (1989) absorbed as

1 cottage. Pink sandstone rubble with stugged quoins

and droved window margins.

SW ELEVATION: irregular arrangement. 3-bay cottage to

right, with door flanked by windows. 3 bays to left with

former door blocked as window, further window and wide

machinery doors to outer left.

NE ELEVATION: gabled projection with forge at N; blank

gable with evidence of former opening/addition; door on

left return, window to right return. Modern

conservatory addition.

Variety of glazing pattern with diamond lead-paned

casement windows and plate glass, sash and case to rear.

Pantiles. Ashlar coped skews. Later stone stacks.

INTERIOR: hooded fire opening of forge in situ, with stone

seats and bellows to one side; carved initials. Grid of 4

square holes (labelled "Witches Niches") on mutual wall.

OUTBUILDING: earlier smithy. Gabled block to SW of The

Smiddy, with lean-to adjoined, serving as garden house and

tool-shed. Gabled porch breaking eaves above doorway on

NE side of lean-to. Truncated stack remaining.

RETAINING WALLS: rubble sandstone retaining walls to

garden at rear, and low wall by roadside.

Statement of Special Interest

Allegedly Queen Mary and entourage stopped at the smithy

on journey to Edinburgh, which would suggest that some of

smithy existed on the site at this earlier date. A further

smithy lay nearby at Pitcox, and the 1906 OS shows Acredale

and Little Acredale, opposite The Smiddy, also defined

as "Smithy". A further lean-to outbuilding to NW of

outbuilding described above, was formerly adjoined, though

it is not included in current listings. The Smiddy is

listed category B in respect of the forge and bellows

retained in the interior.

References

Bibliography

Biel estate plans, copies at NMRS.

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