Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

PRESTONGRANGE COLLIERY, OLD GENERATING HOUSELB17535

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
14/02/1973
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Prestonpans
NGR
NT 37363 73679
Coordinates
337363, 673679

Description

Mid 19th century. 2-storey, rectangular-plan former generating house, on falling ground. Red brick, with contrasting brickwork banding. Round-arched openings at 1st floor.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 7-bay; modern timber door with radial semicircular fanlight at centre, vertically-boarded timber door with radial semicircular fanlight in penultimate bay from left; windows to remaining bays.

W GABLE: 3-bay; later brick addition to right at ground, brick-infilled segmental-arched openings in bays at ground; windows in bays at 1st floor; decorative brick roundel centred above.

N ELEVATION: 7-bay; modern timber bipartite door in penultimate bay from left at ground, with cement lintel; brick-infilled segmental-arched openings in remaining bays at ground; brick-infilled opening in bay to outer left at 1st floor, windows in remaining bays at 1st floor. Large wall-mounted metal bracket projecting to outer left.

E GABLE: 3-bay; cement ramp with brick walls and flat coping, descending to central slapping at ground with 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber door; brick-infilled segmental-arched openings to left and right at ground; windows in bays at 1st floor, central window part-infilled; decorative brick roundel centred above.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

Predominantly 18-pane fixed timber windows, with radial semicircular fanlights, covered by grills. Red pantile roof; stone ridge, stone skews and decorative skewputts. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Special Interest

A Group with Prestongrange Colliery, Hoffman Kiln, and Prestongrange Colliery, Pump House and Pump (see separate listings). The generating house was built to produce electricity for Prestongrange Colliery, and is now in use as an exhibition hall, housing a notable collection of mining artefacts. Monks from Newbattle Abbey originally mined for coal here as far back as the twelfth century. This was the start of the area's connection with coalmining, and the first shaft of Prestongrange's last mine was sunk in 1830. The mine was eventually closed in 1963, and after abandonment and partial clearing it was saved and became part of the Scottish Mining Museum.

References

Bibliography

J R Baldwin, EXPLORING SCOTLAND'S HERITAGE - LOTHIAN AND THE BORDERS (1985), pp26-7; G D Hay, and G P Stell, MONUMENTS OF INDUSTRY (1986), pp139, 154.

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)

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