Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
NT 345 77008
300345, 677008


16th century. 4-stage, circular-plan 'bee-hive' dovecot. Sandstone rubble. Rat course to each stage.

Pointed-arch doorway facing north, narrow rectangular flith-hole opening in 3rd stage facing south. Flat roof with modern ashlar lantern.

Interior: Not seen (1990).

Statement of Special Interest

Learmonth Gardens were given to the Burgh in 1916 in memory of Alexander Learmonth, Provost of Linlithgow 1802-1807. The dovecot situated in the gardens was built for the Barons Ross of Halkhead, probably on the tail rig of their town house on or near the site of the Royal Bank of Scotland (No 53, 55 High Street). Although access has been closed, it is recorded that the dovecot contains 370 nest boxes in 18 tiers. Similar beehive dovecots in the Lothians can be found at Nunraw, Dirleton and Prestonpans. Flight holes and rat courses restored, re-pointed with lime/sand mortar 1991.




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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