Listed Building

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Group Category Details
100000019 - 20
Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Garvald And Bara
NT 56120 63852
356120, 663852


Almost certainly James Burn, circa 1823, probably on site of

an earlier house. Classical mansion of 2-storeys and

basement, on a square 3-bay plan. White ashlar sandstone to W

front, harling to other sides, with band courses and cornice

to each face; raised base course.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: approached by raised and swept drive

with decorative iron railings and arched opening below drive

with decorative iron railings and arched opening below drive

at centre. Front with stepped articulation. Segmentally

curved Ionic portico with flanking pilasters and balustraded

balcony; round arched door with decorative fanlight, panelled

2-leaf doors and flanking semi-circular leaded windows; 1st

floor window behind balcony. Outer bays advanced with

segmental tripartite windows to principal floor, blind outer

lights, decorative fanlights; 1st floor windows and blind

windows to basement.

N AND S ELEVATIONS: each of 3 bays, with windows to centre

and W bays grouped towards the W front.

E ELEVATION: late 19th century, 2-storey addition to basement

and principal floor, to right, set into rising ground to E,

harled, with segmental service entrances and later additions

to S. Tripartite windows at centre of main house to principal

and 1st floor, with blind light at centre and basement

doorway below.

12-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows. Slate piend

roof with lead flashings, and 2 piend roof, late 19th century

dormers; ridge and wallhead stacks.

INTERIOR: fine, neo-classical details. Square stair-well with

circular cupola on pendentives; tripartite vestibule screen

with decorative fanlight; panelled dadoes and full panelling

to Dining Room; most chimneypieces original, in classical

marble designs. Oval room to principal floor at front.

Service stair in well at rear.

GATES AND GATEPIERS: circa 1823; square section ashlar piers

with base and cornice, capped by decorative urn finials.

Gates of late 19th century in decorative wrought-iron,

replacing original gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for the Hays of Yester, possibly as a dower house.

Restored in recent years. Classical design, particularly form

of tripartites, strongly suggests the hand of Burn, whose

work in Haddington bears close resemblance. The portico

echoes, in a shallower form, Robert Adam's precedent at

Lauderdale House, Dunbar. Walled garden and cottage to E, not

included in current listing.



C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p250-1.

HOME AND GARDEN August (1982).

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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