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Latitude: 55.8215 / 55°49'17"N
Longitude: -3.0778 / 3°4'40"W
OS Eastings: 332566
OS Northings: 659223
OS Grid: NT325592
Mapcode National: GBR 61Y3.GZ
Mapcode Global: WH6T7.PYK0
Entry Name: Arniston Policies, Ornamental Pillar
Listing Date: 22 January 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331240
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB810
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midlothian South
Traditional County: Midlothian
Dated 1784. Circular, carved stone neo Classical ornamental pillar on square pedestal. Stepped base, reading "1784"; circular fluted shaft with central square dividing band course; carved oval medallions above and below; surmounted by marble urn with carved heads to left and right of base, carved frieze and spherical finial.
This very unusual garden ornament pre dates Thomas White's improvement plan for the grounds (1791) and the informalising of the estate of 1787-1819. It's position, axial with the house, suggests it was intended to complement the earlier formal garden plan.
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