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Yester House, Gardeners House (Bailiffs Cottage), Walled Garden, Stalk and Hot Houses

A Category B Listed Building in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8958 / 55°53'44"N

Longitude: -2.736 / 2°44'9"W

OS Eastings: 354072

OS Northings: 667206

OS Grid: NT540672

Mapcode National: GBR 90B8.GC

Mapcode Global: WH7VB.Y2BK

Entry Name: Yester House, Gardeners House (Bailiffs Cottage), Walled Garden, Stalk and Hot Houses

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352205

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18194

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Yester

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Parish: Yester

Traditional County: East Lothian

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Description

Possibly originated by John Adam circa 1725, with later
additions and alterations. Sited to W of Yester House.
GARDENER'S HOUSE: circa 1750. 2-storey, 3-bay house
adjoined to N wall of walled garden; red rubble sandstone
with ashlar dressing. Slightly advanced, gabled entrance
bay to centre of N elevation, with 1st floor window and
blocked oculus in gablehead; small-pane fanlight; windows
in flanking bays at each floor. Pentice roofed, stone
garden sheds adjoined to E and W. S (garden) elevation
incorporated in wall of walled garden at ground, and with
superimposed Gothick screen at 1st floor, rising above
eaves and with cornice; 3 blind pointed-arch windows,
hoodmoulded and with dormerheads behind corniced front;
square recesses flanking windows; currently with classical
busts.
Small-pane glazing patterns in sash and case windows. End
stacks. Grey slate piend roof.
WALLED GARDEN: rubble walls, ashlar coped and brick
lined. Serpentine coping added in earlier 19th century,
to principal wall. Main gateway with corniced ashlar
piers supporting gadrooned urn finials, flanking 2-leaf,
decorative wrought-iron, Arts and Crafts gates, circa
1900, with semi-circular overthrow. Lesser pedestrian
gateway at a distance, with similarly detailed gates.
Further gateway flanking gardener's house, (possibly
moved from Yester House), narrow and with lugged and
pedimented marble surround, scrolled detail by ground;
pulvinated frieze with acanthus ornament and carved
detail in pediment; 2-leaf simple, but decorative
wrought-iron gates. Lean-to hot-houses abutting N wall.
Hot-houses: fine glasshouses to N of wall garden,
possibly including peach house, Andrew Wood, 1791, and
vineries, Andrew Sheaver, circa 1850 (Garden Inventory,
1988).
Stalk: polychrome, square-section brick stalk by hot-houses
to N of walled garden.

Statement of Interest

In the Yester House Estate Papers is an account for work by Andrew Hay, wright, for 'work wrought by him att the Gardiners House at the Stables at Yester Anno 1724'

The work was paid for by John Hay of Hopes in 9th November 1724 and included couples for the roof, windows, joists, lintels, fireplaces, scaffolding for the masons and slaters and the hire of two horses. Charles Emerson was the son of the gardener at the time and he went on to act as an overseer for John Adam in the building work phase on Yester House in 1750-58.

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