Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 41262 69106
341262, 669106


J and R Farquharson, 1888; substantially extended and altered circa 1910. Single storey range comprised of classrooms and main entrance set at an oblique angle. Squared and snecked sandstone with ashlar dressings; cill course and cornice. Harled at rear. Playground terrace to S, later buildings to N.

ENTRANCE: 3-bay ashlar classical composition; Gibbsian round-arched doorway in pedimented bay flanked by engaged columns; deep parapet; modern door inserted. Flanking bays with round arched windows in Gibbsian surrounds. Square bellcote with apron to roofline above, currently blocked, with cornice, ogival lead roof and weathervane.

17 bays to E arm of range, to right of entrance bays, with 5 pairs gabled and breaking eaves, with round arched windowa, alternating with smaller ashlar windows in intervening bays; 3 centre gables with small windows in apex, that at centre circular; round arched caps to finials of gables flanking centre. Single gabled bay to right of entrance. E return elevation gabled, with flagpole on stone bracket at apex. Short 5-bay arm to left of entrance bays, at W, comprised of 2 paired and gabled bays, and 1 single, in simpler variant of those detailed above.

Timber mullioned and transomed windows with top-hopper panes. Ashlar coping to skews. Purple slates.

RETAINING WALLS, PIERS AND RAILINGS: rubble terrace walls rising into coped parapet, to playground to S of principal range; square ashlar, corniced gatepiers. Decorative wrought-iron gates and simple railings.

Statement of Special Interest

The original school of 1888 was small and much of what is now visible dates from the later, second phase of work. This work was possbily designed by J A Carfrae, who was responsible for several fine school commissions in East Lothian about this date, such as Direlton Primary School, and the additions to Knox Academy, Haddington. The later work was certainly designed by the same architect as Longniddry School, with which it shares a house style.




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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