Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34591 72734
334591, 672734


1590, Steeple bears date 1496, and parts may survive from

earlier Tolbooth. Renovated 1840. 3 storeys with steeple at

SW corner, irregular fenestration. Quarter turn forestair

on E gable leads to later, flat-roofed, square enclosed

porch giving access to 1st floor. Corbelled parapet above

1st floor with bartizan at SE corner and machicolation

above forestair shared with Town House. Square tower

slightly advanced with 3 floors below corbelled parapet,

and quoins. Arched doorway at ground floor, 1st floor

window has heavy hoodmould extending over width of tower.

Tower rubble above parapet broached to octagonal above

clock dials and E & W faces dated 1883 a and 1496, below wide modillioned cornice, diagonally set tiered octagonal slated

spire with ogee top and weather cock. S elevation of main

part of building has on ground floor, a small door,

wide square-headed pend and 4 small windows, 3 small windows

1st floor, 5 smaller windows with raised margins above

parapet. 3 chimney stacks, 1 projecting from E gabled and

flanked by small windows. Ashlar, rubble above parapet,

slate roof. Interior: all 3 floors barrel-vaulted, including

prison cells and old Council Chamber on 1st floor.

Statement of Special Interest

Built from materials from the Loretto Chapel




McWilliam, Buildings of Scotland LOTHIAN 1978, p.335.


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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to HIGH STREET TOLBOOTH

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 20/03/2019 00:52