Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 41378 69238
341378, 669238


18th century, reworked and with additions in early 19th century and circa 1970, when former building adjoined to E was demolished. Originally L-plan, currently T-plan. Harled rubble with painted stone dressings.

N ELEVATION: 5-bay. Full-height canted bay added at centre, with cornice and blocking course, circa 1890. Windows to each floor in bays to right, smaller at 1st floor. Segmentally arched pend to left of centre, given pair in outer bay at later date; windows above, that to outer left of circa 1970.

S ELEVATION: gabled jamb projecting off-centre to left (later extended to SE, though curtain walls only remain of this addition). Irregular openings to each floor on E and W sides of jamb; doorway in jamb by re-entrant angle to E, with round ached stair window flanking, 2 further ground floor windows and 1 1st floor; doorway in re-entrant angle to W, 1 ground floor window and 3 1st floor; doorway formerly leading to S extention at left of 2-bay S elevation, with 1st floor window above in bay to right. Conservatory additon to W gable end.

12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows. Grey and purple slates; swept eaves. End stacks, indicating former gable ends.

RETAINING WALLS: high rubble walls, formerly abutted by cottages, and later enclosing an orchard.

Statement of Special Interest

The history of the various inhabitants of Oak House (formerly known as Oakbank) is relayed by Whitehead, including Sir Archibald Geikie, Geologist. The round arched stair window once contained a stained glass window (depicting the Death of Christ) removed previosly from an early chapel in the village to the village school; the window was then removed to Wolverley Hall, Kidderminster, but was apparently moved again from there before 1937 (illustration in Whitehead's HISTORY).



W Y Whitehead HISTORY OF ORMISTON (1937) pp51-3, 86-7.

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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