Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - (see NOTES)
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 40277 67156
340277, 667156


Circa 1740. Pair of square pilastered gatepiers with urns surmounting and later ornamental wrought-iron gates. Coursed rubble with dressed sandstone ashlar dressings.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: moulded base course, alternate reeded pilasters with polished ashlar banding, projecting architraved neck course with ovolo moulding and egg and dart mouldings to cornice, large stone urn with foliate detailing surmounting.

SE & NW ELEVATION: architraved base course, alternate banding with no ornamentation.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: as NE elevation with less definition and ornamentation.

GATES: segmental-arched framework containing pair of open ironwork gates with oval detail flanked by curled brackets to each centre, and spear tops to dogbars. Ornamental overthrow: large oval flanked by pair of inter-twining curved brackets, further curved brackets with foliate detail and leaf finial surmounting central oval.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of an A-Group with Preston Hall, Stables, Lion's Gate and Gazebos. Likely to have been one of the entrances for Prestonhall House. A house had been built here in 1700 by Roderick Mackenzie and remodelled in c.1740 by William Adam. It was in a state of disrepair and demolished to make way for Mitchell's design, circa 1790. These gatepiers are older than the other estate buildings, most of which were designed by Mitchell in about 1795. Later, another house (Briery Bank) was sited to the north of Preston Hall and can be clearly seen on the estate plans of 1806. It was large with formal gardens and adjacent buildings and it is likely that this older entrance was utilised as a drive from Briery Bank as a drive leads from the estate, exiting around where this gateway is sited. The gateway now stands alone in woodland adjacent to the B6367.



NMRS for Thomas Carfrae, PLAN OF THE LANDS OF FORD WITH PORTIONS OF PRESTONHALL AND CRICHTON (1842, Edinburgh) lithographed estate plan showing layout of parks and gardens, Scottish Record Office - Register House Plan 269. C McWilliam, LOTHIAN (1978) p389.

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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