Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 67954 78796
367954, 678796


Alexander Ponton, 1788-91. 3-storey, L-plan house with

basement to rear wing. Squared and coursed sandstone front;

random rubble rear and sides. Droved plain ashlar margins;

ashlar band course above basement. Eaves cornice. Rendered S

gable. Slate roofs and gable head stacks. 12-pane glazing

pattern, smaller at 3rd floor.

ENTRANCE ELEVATION: 5-bay, symmetrical. Early 19th century

Roman Doric porch projecting onto High Street with dentil

cornice. Panelled door and plate glass fanlight. Segmental

arch bridging N side coach entrance.

W WING: 4-bay across 3 N bays of High Street block. Door in

1st return bay. W end gable with 2 windows to S. N elevation

by passage with random window arrangement.

INTERIOR: some original chimneypieces survive, and some

Edwardian insertions.

Statement of Special Interest

Presently a retirement home. Commissioned by Earl of

Lauderdale allededly as competition to the St George Hotel.

Called the 'New Inn' then: still referred to as such today.

Used as barracks in 19th century. 3 chimneypiece designs by

Robert Adam never realised.



Earl of Lauderdale papers NRA(S) 832 5/19.

Soane Museum Drawings, Adam Collection chimneypieces: vol 23

nos 221, 203, 205.

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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