Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 41378 69238
341378, 669238


18th century, reworked and with additions in early 19th century and circa 1970, when former building adjoined to E was demolished. Originally L-plan, currently T-plan. Harled rubble with painted stone dressings.

N ELEVATION: 5-bay. Full-height canted bay added at centre, with cornice and blocking course, circa 1890. Windows to each floor in bays to right, smaller at 1st floor. Segmentally arched pend to left of centre, given pair in outer bay at later date; windows above, that to outer left of circa 1970.

S ELEVATION: gabled jamb projecting off-centre to left (later extended to SE, though curtain walls only remain of this addition). Irregular openings to each floor on E and W sides of jamb; doorway in jamb by re-entrant angle to E, with round ached stair window flanking, 2 further ground floor windows and 1 1st floor; doorway in re-entrant angle to W, 1 ground floor window and 3 1st floor; doorway formerly leading to S extention at left of 2-bay S elevation, with 1st floor window above in bay to right. Conservatory additon to W gable end.

12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows. Grey and purple slates; swept eaves. End stacks, indicating former gable ends.

RETAINING WALLS: high rubble walls, formerly abutted by cottages, and later enclosing an orchard.

Statement of Special Interest

The history of the various inhabitants of Oak House (formerly known as Oakbank) is relayed by Whitehead, including Sir Archibald Geikie, Geologist. The round arched stair window once contained a stained glass window (depicting the Death of Christ) removed previosly from an early chapel in the village to the village school; the window was then removed to Wolverley Hall, Kidderminster, but was apparently moved again from there before 1937 (illustration in Whitehead's HISTORY).



W Y Whitehead HISTORY OF ORMISTON (1937) pp51-3, 86-7.

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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