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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 44257 69070
344257, 669070


James Hamilton, Lord Pencaitland, late 17th century. One of mirrored pair of 2-storey, l-plan pavilions to Pencaitland House (destroyed by fire in 1876). White painted harling with ashlar dressings; chamfered arrises; generous eaves. Unusual angle blocks. NE elevation: 4 irregulary spaced bays with variety of narrow and small windows; door off-centre to left. SE elevation: 4-bay. 2 linked depressed carriage arches to outer left, currently; wide window to outer right (former door?); 4 1st floor windows. Later wallhead stack with set-offs. Stairblock in re-entrant angle to W with stair window; lean-to rubble outbuilding adjoined at ground, behind rubble quadrant wall, ashlar coped. NW elevation: 2-bay; window to each bay at each floor. SW elevation: blank, with single 1st floor window at centre. 12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows. Harled stacks with ashlar set-offs or shoulders and cornices. Grey slates to piend roofs with swept eaves and lead flashings. Outbuilding: rectangular plan former stable (?), sited on rising ground, at roadside, continuing to E and W. Rubble sandstone with ashlar dressings. W end elevation canted with window at centre. S elevation with 3 square openings in upper part, set to right, and walled stack. Lamp bracket to left. N elevation with rectangular projection at outer right, and with wide door by re-entrant angle; further doorway to outer left, under lean-to-addition. Pantiled piend roof. Retaining walls: rubble walls adjoined to outbuilding, running N, and linking with further outbuilding, circular in plan, before running further N. Gates and gatepiers: wrought-iron pair of gates, comprised of railings, scroll pattern and simple arrowheads, into driveway; pedestrian gate, again in wrought-iron, in simpler form at right. 2 squared sandstone gatepiers with recessed panels, ashlar caps and coping to deep buttresses to W and to adjoining walls. Gates not original nor were earlier gates (see notes). Sited to E of Penkaet House.

Statement of Special Interest

The partner pavilion , Penkaet House, is listed separately; the different names for the residence serve only to differentiate; they were both designed by James Hamilton and at the same time. The House itself was also by Hamilton, possibly incorporating earlier fabric.The simple form of the gates and earlier, weathered state of the gatepiers, suggest that they are not those from Bloxholm Castle mentioned in the inventory and by Whitehead. It is probable that they were brought from somewhere else again, while those from Bloxholm were moved to the South Lodge of Winton House, close by to the E, where later piers were erected to support them, probably earlier in the 20th century. See separate listing.



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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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