Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 44861 64343
344861, 664343


Possibly Alexander Stevens, Edinburgh, circa 1801.

Quadrangular-plan steading with classical N range and

entrance arch; octagonal dovecot set in centre of

courtyard. Red sandstone rubble with cream ashlar,

broadly droved dressings.

N RANGE: symmetrical 14 bays to exterior elevation, with

cornice and blocking course, arranged 2-2-5-2-2, the

outer pair each side single storey, remaining bays

2-storey with granary windows to upper level, and 5 bays

at centre advanced; round-arched door at centre with

fanlight, and with windows flanking each side; 2

recessed, 2-storey bays flanking again with shallow

depressed carriage arches. Paired outer bays with doors

blocked as windows. 5 centre bays gabled, those

flanking with piend roofs to both single and 2-storey

bays. Courtyard elevation symmetrical with 2-stage

canted turret projecting at centre covering pend and

with hayloft door above; 2 recessed, 2-storey bays

flanking, with round-arched doorways by centre,

intercepted by lean-to later additions in-filling at

ground; advanced outer bays abutted by in-fill, each

with window and piend roof adjoined to gabled cross

walls of 5 centre bays.

S RANGE AND ARCH: 2-storey piend-roofed plain block of

cottages, with 1st floor windows breaking eaves in

flat-roofed dormerheads; cement rendering and mullions

to enlarged windows on exterior; formerly 3 cottages,

with 1 doorway blocked, 1 blocked as window; cement

rendered stacks. Tall carriage archway to left, abutting

W range, comprised of ashlar piers, rounded ashlar

overthrow with impost at eaves level, and ashlar coped;

stone, corniced bellcote above, capped by stone hemi-

sphere; bell in situ. Pedestrian gateway to left by W


E RANGE: symmetrical 8-bay cartshed, following incline;

exterior elevation with blocked depressed cart arch and

2 doorways; courtyard elevation with 5 shallow depressed

cart arches, 1 currently blocked, and with doors in

outer bays. Steeply pitched roof with stack to N gable

end. Irregular, lower bays to N end of range, recessed

on the exterior elevation.

W RANGE: substantially altered to centre and S for

modern machinery.

Grey-green slates to cottages, 2-storey piends of N

range; purple slates to exterior pitch of cartshed;

corrugated asbestos to remaining ranges, except for

centre bays of N range, currently unroofed.

SHEEP PEN: ashlar coped walls to rectangular enclosure

set within courtyard, partially breached, and with

2 ashlar gatepiers to S, ashlar coped with hemi-

spherical caps, sited where pend abuts dovecot; timber

gates and fences dividing channels, leading to iron gate

with bar and lever for securing sheep.

DOVECOT: possibly Alexander Stevens, circa 1801.

Octagonal 3-stage dovecot; red sandstone rubble with

broadly droved cream ashlar dressings and cornice.

Round-arched doorway to W with opening in 2nd stage

above; further opening to 3rd stage to S. Octagonal

piended roof with timber classical octagonal lantern and

timber cupola at apex; timber columns to lantern and

round arched flight-holes.

Statement of Special Interest

The tentative attribution to Alexander Stevens of 16 St

James Square, Edinburgh (not to be confused with the

bridge builder of the same name), stems from his earlier

involvement at Keith House, in 1791. No steading is shown

on the 1801 map (detailed above), but that of 1811

reveals the ground plan in its quadrangular form with

dovecot. Form of the dovecot was not uncommon, similar,

for example to that Denbie, Dumfriess-shire.



SRO plans: RHP 6857 (1801), RHP 12992 (1811), RHP 35634

(1817) and RHP 35638 (1867). NRA(S) 888, Hopetoun MSS,

especially Box 146, Dundle 2084. J Martin Robinson

GEORGIAN MODEL FARMS (1983) p162, plate 102.

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