Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 45485 78663
345485, 678663


Robert Adam, 1790, with later additions. U-plan main range, half enclosed by walled forecourt entered laterally. 2nd smaller courtyard at rear. Roughly squared and coursed rubble with grey ashlar dressings, base course, band and eaves courses.

N RANGE: 2-storey pedimented central block; coach house, with wooden double-leaf doors in ashlar bays at ground. 2 windows at 1st floor with sculpted panel featuring 2 griffins flanking an urn. Cornice and pediment with clock by Veitch of Haddington, 1792, and a swan above flanked by urns. Single storey ranges flanking with doorways and windows to stables, 4 doorways each side; 2 on courtyard return elevation of wings, each with a sculpted classical relief over the lintel; panels representing agriculture, painting, sculpture and geometry. Windows flanking doorways of central range. Gable ends of advanced wings screened by deep corniced parapet, tripartites at ground with relief panels above featuring classical profile heads flanking a figurative panel. Parapet surmounted by sphinx flanked by urns. Cobble courtyard, enclosed by an ashlar coped rubble wall, ashlar gatepiers with ball finials. S RANGE: smaller courtyard to rear, entered from S through segmental archway. 2-storey central block, blank at ground, 2 windows at 1st floor, cornice, pediment breaking parapet with blind occulus, die above. Single storey ranges forming courtyard with doorways and windows to stables. L-plan cottage adjoining to SE, in same materials with classical loggia at ground. Later alterations; bow window at ground, dormers at 1st floor. Sash and case windows with 12 and 16-pane glazing patterns. Grey slates, ashlar coped skews and stacks with original cans. Stables enclosed on N side by high ashlar coped rubble wall. INTERIOR: stables retain wooden stall divisions with curving balustrades, ball finialled posts and troughs.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with other Gosford Estate buildings; see notes for Gosford House. Outline application (1992) for conversion and extension to hotel under consideration.



J Ainslie PLEASURE GROUNDS OF GOSFORD survey, 1808. J Hunt "Gosford, Eas t Lothian" COUNTRY LIFE 22/10/87 and 4.11.71. C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p224. W Forrest, Map of Haddingtonshire, 1799.

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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