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Carberry Tower Stables (Elphinstone Wing)

A Category B Listed Building in Inveresk, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9167 / 55°55'0"N

Longitude: -3.0187 / 3°1'7"W

OS Eastings: 336429

OS Northings: 669756

OS Grid: NT364697

Mapcode National: GBR 70C0.8W

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.LKR1

Entry Name: Carberry Tower Stables (Elphinstone Wing)

Listing Date: 5 December 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 343382

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10874

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Parish: Inveresk

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Probably office of David Bryce, circa 1860. 2-storey, single storey and attic, and single storey quadrangular stable group, in traditional Scottish style, currently converted as residential. Squared and snecked, stugged rubble; ashlar dressings; chamfered arrises to openings.

W RANGE: principal range, towards Carberry Tower. 2-storey, 5-bay entrance with slightly advanced, gabled pend bay at centre; depressed archway, currently blocked with door and window (1977), and with granary window above. Octagonal timber and lead clock tower above with weathervane finial to slated spire. 2 blinded segmental carriage arches flanking centre bays each side, with semi-circular windows inserted; granary windows above. 3 irregular single storey and attic bays flanking. Gabled ends to N and S ranges slightly advanced in outer bays. Machinery doors inserted on courtyard side of centre bays.

E RANGE: 5 single storey and attic residential bays at centre (original grooms' accommodation?) with gabled dormerheads and glazed porch on cast-iron columns to courtyard side, off-centre to right. Single storey out buildings in flanking bays. Range open with driveway at NE corner, and pedestrian walkway at SE, by kennels.

N AND S RANGES: single storey bays to E, rising to 3 single storey and attic bays to W. Regrettable porch addition to N range.

Kennels with railed runs and loft dovecot (13 flight holes) in SE gable.

SHEDS: lean-to range of independent sheds sited at centre of courtyard, running N-S, comprised of ashlar coped, squared rubble curtain wall with bays to E currently glazed, with dividing stone piers; serving as crafts centre.

Small-pane glazing pattern; sash and case windows in predominance; some modern and regrettably altered windows. Crowstepped gables with consoled skewputts; crowstepped dormerheads with beak skewputts and blind arrow slits. Grey slates. Stone gable end and ridge stacks.

Statement of Interest

David Bryce closed the U-plan Carberry Tower by the addition of a range, circa 1860, and it seems probable that his office worked contemporaneously on the stable block. The design is dignified, but without an individual stamp of Bryce. For further information on Carberry, see listing for Carberry Tower.

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