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Ninewar with Walled Garden, Gardener's Cottage and Gatepiers

A Category B Listed Building in Dunbar, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9874 / 55°59'14"N

Longitude: -2.6041 / 2°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 362406

OS Northings: 677327

OS Grid: NT624773

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z.VWCN

Mapcode Global: WH8VY.ZR3T

Entry Name: Ninewar with Walled Garden, Gardener's Cottage and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 17 April 1989

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332152

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1516

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunbar

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian

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Description

1848. 2-storey gabled house with adjoining single storey
service wing and stables forming U-plan courtyard to W.
Coursed pink sandstone with ashlar dressings and
chamfered arrises to window surrounds, mullions and
transoms. Rasied base course.
S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3 irregular bays. Advanced
gabled bay at centre. Roll-moulding to door surround
with hoodmould above stepped over square panel.
Tripartite in gable head with hoodmould and smaller,
blank panel above. Recessed gabled bay to left, wider,
with transomed tripartite at ground and tripartite at
1st floor; blank gable head panel as above. Outer right
bay windows as outer left, breaking eaves in dormerhead
at 1st.
N ELEVATION: wide gabled bay, slightly advanced to left
with full-height, 4-light canted bay swept into jerkin
gable head; recessed panels below cills and small square
in gable head. Other windows detailed as S elevation.
W ELEVATION: detailed as N elevation without the centre
bay.
E ELEVATION: M-gable to 2-storey house adjoined by varied
gabled single storey blocks to right and with taller
stable and hay loft block at right angles to left, with
segmentally arched carriage door and gabled hay loft
dormer. Partly paved court stack with set offs to S
gable of main E service cottage. Similar stack to left
of 2-storey M-gable. Horizontal-pane glazing pattern
to sash and case windows. Decorative barge boarding with
pendants to gables of main house and timber eaves
brackets. Grey slates. Some decorative gutter heads
retained. Polygonal ashlar stacks with moulded copings
and bases, set on pedestals in pairs and triplets.
WALLED GARDEN: to S of house. High squared rubble walls
enclosing rectangular garden.
GARDENER'S COTTAGE: to NW of house. 3-bay single storey
gabled cottage in same materials as house, with
chamfered arrises. Entrance to S with windows flanking.
Blank gables to E and W. Small-pane glazing to sash and
case windows. Timber eaves brackets; grey slates.
Currently serving as garden shed (1987).
GATEPIERS: 3 sets. 2 pairs of squat, squared rubble
piers with pyramid coping, one set by road to NE and
other by house to E. Former main driveway (currently
blocked) with taller square ashlar piers, pyramid coped
and adjoined by rubble coped rubble quadrants.

Statement of Interest

the house was commissioned by Mrs Hamilton Nisbet

Ferguson (styled 'of Ninewar' in NSA II 1835) and the

architect was quite possibly David Bryce whose buildings

on the Castlemilk Estate, bear Lockerbie, are very

similar. Thomas Hannan was the mason, John Swinton, the

wright. The barge boarding and jerkin head became

widespread, for example, at St Ann's, York Road, North

Berwick and at Belford Road, Edinburgh. Loudon's

COTTAGE, VILLA AND FARM ARCHITECTURE (1835) illustrates

design in same style, figures 850, 2110. The site of the

house was referred to as Ninvar on Adair's 1736 map and

as Nineware on Thomson's of 1822. The name surely

derived from the biblical Ninevah.

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