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Gardener's House With Sundial, Monkton House, Old Craighall Road, Old Craighall

A Category B Listed Building in Inveresk, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9222 / 55°55'19"N

Longitude: -3.0673 / 3°4'2"W

OS Eastings: 333401

OS Northings: 670412

OS Grid: NT334704

Mapcode National: GBR 2F.ZT0Q

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.VDLV

Plus Code: 9C7RWWCM+V3

Entry Name: Gardener's House With Sundial, Monkton House, Old Craighall Road, Old Craighall

Listing Name: Old Craighall, Monkton Gardens with Sundial and Garden Walls

Listing Date: 27 November 1990

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 343456

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10918

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200343456

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Musselburgh

Parish: Inveresk

Traditional County: Midlothian

Tagged with: House Sundial

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17th century, with 18th century additions and alterations. Rectangular plan, 2-storey building, apparently of 3 dates. Currently residential; original purpose probably as gardeners' house for Monkton House gardens. Rubble sandstone with harl pointing; chamfered arrises to original openings.

N end bay (original pavilion) with moulded 1st floor lintel course above larger 1st floor windows to E and W, and former doorway at head for former forestair at N end (doorway blocked and stair now removed); smaller ground floor windows to E (with relieving arch) and to W; modern porch to E and

modern window inserted to N. Grey slates to piend roof. Wallhead stack to E, raised in brick.

Centre bays irregular, with only 1st floor window to W, under eaves; small window above further modern porch to W, and larger windows to both floors flanking; former end wall evidenced by skews and truncated stack in red pantile roof. S bay with 1st floor window under eaves to W; former door blocked as window to W and blinded 1st floor window above. Blocked 1st floor window to S end elevation. Red pantiled peind roof.

Small-pane and plate glass glazing patterns to sash and case windows.

INTERIOR: 1st floor room of original pavilion with simple 17th century panelling, heavily painted, and with painted ceiling (revealed 1995) depicting sunburst and 4 seasons.

SUNDIAL: 17th century cubical stone dial on carved corbel bearing sun-face, foliaceous ornament and grotesque mask. Site on SW angle of house at 1st floor cill level.

GARDEN WALLS: rubble walls with rubble coping. Stone, piend roofed garden sheds to S.

Statement of Interest

Monkton House to SW, is listed separately. The garden house evidently possesses a complex history. The N end with moulded course, may have served as a lodge, or summer pavilion. The sundial is an important and early example of its type. The painted ceiling (away for restoration 1997) is a fine survival of a period form (see also Northfield House, Prestonpans and Sparrow Castle, Cockburnspath). Udgraded C(S) to B, 1 August 1997.

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