Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 32559 66872
332559, 666872


1794. 2-storey and basement, 5-bay rectangular-pan Georgian villa. N elevation broadly droved ashlar, rusticated at ground; remaining elevations squared and coursed rubble, random at basement. Ashlar dressings. Band courses between basement and ground floors on N, W and E elevations, and between ground and 1st floors on N elevation. Eaves cornice. Rusticated quoins to ground and 1st floors. Raised cills on E elevation and at 1st floors of N elevation. Flush margins and droved tails on S, W and E elevations. Windows tallest at ground, smallest at basement.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: doorpiece to centre at ground, with engaged Roman Doric columns and architrave cornice; flush panelled door and finely detailed radial fanlight. Regularly disposed fenestration to all floors. Sweeping steps, with simple wrought-iron balustrade up to door; door and small window to S face of basement store inserted under oversailing steps.

S ELEVATION: 3-bay. Wide centre bay bowed: decorative semicircular conservatory with half-conical roof added above, entered from Venetian door (former stair window) on stair landing, between ground and 1st floors; tripartite window between basement and ground to S, small 3-pane window below; boarded door to E, window to left. Regularly disposed fenestration in outer bays.

E ELEVATION: 3-bay. Flush panelled door with 4-pane fanlight to centre at basement. Regularly disposed fenestration to ground and 1st floors; window in right bay and to right of door at basement.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay. Regulary disposed fenestration to ground and 1st floors, except in left bay at 1st floor; window to centre at basement.

12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows, barred at basement; 4-pane side lights in tripartite window. Piend and platform roof. Wallhead stacks, upper stage rendered and lined; 2 to E, 2 to W. Grey slates.

INTERIOR: double-pile. Encaustic tiled vestibule floor; tripartite internal door, with radial glazing pattern to semicircular-arched fanlight. Dog-leg stair with iron balustrade. Pilastered Venetian door into conservatory. Blinded door to preserve symmetry. Corniced door pieces. Delicate plaster cornices and ceiling roses; consoled arch to upper hall. Adam-style chimneypieces.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: rubble retaining wall, brick to W; semicircular coped. Pyramidal capped stop-chamfered gatepiers with iron gates to Glenesk Crescent. Overthrow to pedestrian entrance.

Timber summerhouse/shed with tree trunk piers to SW of gardens.

Statement of Special Interest

Eskbank House was built in 1794 by the Rev James Brown, Minister of Newbattle.



OLD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1794) p27. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1845) pp496-497. C McWiliam LOTHIAN (1980) pp162-163.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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