Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 54018 67282
354018, 667282


Possibly originated by John Adam circa 1725, with later

additions and alterations. Sited to W of Yester House.

GARDENER'S HOUSE: circa 1750. 2-storey, 3-bay house

adjoined to N wall of walled garden; red rubble sandstone

with ashlar dressing. Slightly advanced, gabled entrance

bay to centre of N elevation, with 1st floor window and

blocked oculus in gablehead; small-pane fanlight; windows

in flanking bays at each floor. Pentice roofed, stone

garden sheds adjoined to E and W. S (garden) elevation

incorporated in wall of walled garden at ground, and with

superimposed Gothick screen at 1st floor, rising above

eaves and with cornice; 3 blind pointed-arch windows,

hoodmoulded and with dormerheads behind corniced front;

square recesses flanking windows; currently with classical


Small-pane glazing patterns in sash and case windows. End

stacks. Grey slate piend roof.

WALLED GARDEN: rubble walls, ashlar coped and brick

lined. Serpentine coping added in earlier 19th century,

to principal wall. Main gateway with corniced ashlar

piers supporting gadrooned urn finials, flanking 2-leaf,

decorative wrought-iron, Arts and Crafts gates, circa

1900, with semi-circular overthrow. Lesser pedestrian

gateway at a distance, with similarly detailed gates.

Further gateway flanking gardener's house, (possibly

moved from Yester House), narrow and with lugged and

pedimented marble surround, scrolled detail by ground;

pulvinated frieze with acanthus ornament and carved

detail in pediment; 2-leaf simple, but decorative

wrought-iron gates. Lean-to hot-houses abutting N wall.

Hot-houses: fine glasshouses to N of wall garden,

possibly including peach house, Andrew Wood, 1791, and

vineries, Andrew Sheaver, circa 1850 (Garden Inventory,


Stalk: polychrome, square-section brick stalk by hot-houses

to N of walled garden.

Statement of Special Interest

In the Yester House Estate Papers is an account for work by Andrew Hay, wright, for 'work wrought by him att the Gardiners House at the Stables at Yester Anno 1724'

The work was paid for by John Hay of Hopes in 9th November 1724 and included couples for the roof, windows, joists, lintels, fireplaces, scaffolding for the masons and slaters and the hire of two horses. Charles Emerson was the son of the gardener at the time and he went on to act as an overseer for John Adam in the building work phase on Yester House in 1750-58.



Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland (1988), pp253-259. National Library of Scotland, MS 14666 (f.68)

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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