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Latitude: 55.9136 / 55°54'49"N
Longitude: -2.9358 / 2°56'8"W
OS Eastings: 341604
OS Northings: 669344
OS Grid: NT416693
Mapcode National: GBR 70Y1.6Z
Mapcode Global: WH7V1.WM5D
Plus Code: 9C7VW377+FM
Entry Name: Beech House, Main Street, Ormiston
Listing Name: Main Street, Beech House with Former Outbuildings and Retaining Walls
Listing Date: 5 February 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 351500
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17542
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Lothian
Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir
Traditional County: East Lothian
Tagged with: House
Later to late 18th century. 3-storey, 3-bay house terminating Main Street, on corner site, currently flatted. Squared rubble with deep droving; ashlar dressings, base and eaves course; heavy pointing; relieving arches.
S ELEVATION: to Main Street with architraved door at centre bearing consoled cornice and with deep-set door; windows in flanking bays and to each bay at 1st and 2nd floors, smaller and under eaves at 2nd.
N ELEVATION: former stair windows at centre altered as doors and modern forestair added; windows in flanking bays. Semi-circular slate-hung dormer window at centre. Side elevations each 2-bay; blocked 1st and 2nd floor windows to each bay on W side fail to comply with present floor levels, and probably belonged to former house adjoining to W; 1st and 2nd floor windows on E side, with only 1 blocked.
12- and 9-pane glazing patterns in sash and case windows. Broad and corniced end stacks (enlarged). Grey slates. Ashlar coped skews.
FROMER OUTBUILDINGS: converted as single storey cottage. Gabled range extending to N of Beech House, abacking boundary wall of Tranent Road. Materials as above, but with harled W elevation and with pantiles; brick stack.
RETAINING WALLS: ashlar coped rubble walls, adjoined to house at W.
Substantial form of Beech House recalls that of the Red House, Dirleton, and it may similarly have been built as a tenement. The relieving arches are similar to those at Ormiston Hall, the former manse, suggesting a similar date. Prominently sited and dignifed. Beech House broke John Cockburn's plan for the village oof the 1730s, which allowed houses of no more than 2-storeys.
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