Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 20524 10968
320524, 710968


1820-1830. Single storey and attic, 3-bay, rectangular-plan Picturesque lodge with gothic-arched windows to gable walls, deep eaves with exposed rafter ends and small wing with half piend roof to north east. Catslide dormers flanking full dormer to rear. Situated at west entrance to estate. Red ashlar sandstone with polished ashlar dressings and quoins. Chamfered window and door openings, hoodmoulds to windows.

Diamond lattice glazing in timber casement windows to front elevation and in pointed windows to gable ends. Traditional small pane glazing in sash and case windows to extension and on rear elevation. Grey slates. Tall harled stacks with yellow clay cans.

Statement of Special Interest

A good largely unaltered Picturesque lodge probably dating from the 1820s with fine architectural detailing. It is a significant component of the group of estate ancillary buildings at Pitlour.

It is not clear when precisely the lodge was built. It appears on the first edition OS map (1855-56). The details such as the diamond lattice windows and eaves with exposed rafter ends were frequently adopted from pattern books produced in the 1820s and 1830s. However the influence of these books continued to be felt in varying degrees on lodges and gatehouses throughout the rest of the 19th century.

Documentary evidence shows that new approaches to the estate were made and bridges built in the mid-1820s by Alexander Martin, surveyor, Cupar.

Census records show that the building was not used as a lodge for the Pitlour estate as a whole until the 1870s. In the 1840s there was only one lodge on the estate which was that now known as the South Lodge.

By 1871 the building is described as the 'Lodge Home Farm'. Around this time it was used to house agricultural labourers on the farm. In 1881 it was called for the first time 'Pitlour Lodge West' when the butler was accommodated here and in 1901 finally 'West Lodge' which was the home of the housekeeper for a number of years. In the twentieth century the West Lodge served as the factor's house for the estate. Allan McDougall was the long-serving factor in the 1930s and 1940s.

Listed building record and statutory address updated, 2014.



E Aikin, Designs for Villas and Other Rural Buildings (1835). OS 1st edition map (1856). Census records. C McWilliam, 'Pitlour', Scotland's Magazine (October 1960). H Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (2008). Buildings of Scotland research notes (RCAHMS). R D A Evetts, 'Pitlour House and Landscape: An Account of Its Development' (unpublished research report, March 2014).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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