Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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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

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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