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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 71447 74487
371447, 674487


Circa 1850. Quadrangular plan steading with central range.

Squared and snecked rubble red sandstone with ashlar

dressings; coursed at S elevation and stugged, with droved

dressings and raised base course; steading cottage harled.

S RANGE: marked by 3-bay gabled steading cottage at centre,

at head of central range; small-pane fanlght to centre

door. 2 windows. 2 farm entrances flanking with squat square

ashlar piers. Return wings of E and W ranges flanking.

N RANGE: 2-storey gabled mill projecting northward at

centre with forestair in re-entrant angle to right and

piend-roofed former engine house in left re-entrant, with

pedestal of former stalk behind. Cart and granary range to

right wth tall granary windows and projecting, 4-bay piend-

roofed cartshed added at ground, with cast-iron columns.

Full-height machinery door inserted later to outer right

with brick jambs. Pend by forestair off-centre to right.

2-bay cartshed in left range with cast-iron columns.

E RANGE: timber lintelled machinery doors to left with

6 doorways to cattle courts at centre, closing to outer

right by gabled end of N range with machinery doors and

in return wing to right with door, window and blocked

doorways to S.

W RANGE: gabled end of cartshed and granary to outer left,

with barred upper window above ground floor window.

Window flanking to right. Main single storey range blank,

with doorway flanked by windows by outer right and 2

feeding doors on W return on S range.

COURTYARD: 4-cattle courts divided by 3 gabled projecting

feeding ranges adjoining E range, with doorways to feeding

passages in gable ends. Gabled projection off-centre to

left of W range with stables and offices. T-plan steading

cottage at centre divided from rear of threshing mill

by a passage. 5-segmental carriageways with tall

granary windows above at W end of the N range, with pend by


Cast-iron columns to partly covered cattle courts; stone

feeding troughs. Edward Brown, 1852, bruiser in situ in

cartshed of N range, with belt. Small-pane glazing pattern

to sash and case windows.

Statement of Special Interest

Architect possibly Hunter of Thurston House, a notable

writer on improvement farming and notable local patron.

The 3-range form of Thurston Mains, headed by steading

cottage, by Robert Bell, 1858, suggests that Bell may have been

involved with Hunter on the design of Home Far. Listed

category A as a remarkable surviving example of the perfect

improvement steading, much-praised in the later 19th

century. Present form indicated on 1854 OS map.



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