Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62026 74050
362026, 674050


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.



Biel estate plans, copies at NMRS.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

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