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Pencaitland House, Easter Pencaitland

A Category B Listed Building in Pencaitland, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9115 / 55°54'41"N

Longitude: -2.8933 / 2°53'35"W

OS Eastings: 344257

OS Northings: 669070

OS Grid: NT442690

Mapcode National: GBR 8072.DR

Mapcode Global: WH7V2.JPG1

Plus Code: 9C7VW464+HM

Entry Name: Pencaitland House, Easter Pencaitland

Listing Name: Easter Pencaitland, Old Penkaet House with Outbuildings, Gatepiers, Gates and Retaining Walls

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353097

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18909

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200353097

Location: Pencaitland

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Parish: Pencaitland

Traditional County: East Lothian

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James Hamilton, Lord Pencaitland, late 17th century. One of mirrored pair of 2-storey, l-plan pavilions to Pencaitland House (destroyed by fire in 1876). White painted harling with ashlar dressings; chamfered arrises; generous eaves. Unusual angle blocks. NE elevation: 4 irregulary spaced bays with variety of narrow and small windows; door off-centre to left. SE elevation: 4-bay. 2 linked depressed carriage arches to outer left, currently; wide window to outer right (former door?); 4 1st floor windows. Later wallhead stack with set-offs. Stairblock in re-entrant angle to W with stair window; lean-to rubble outbuilding adjoined at ground, behind rubble quadrant wall, ashlar coped. NW elevation: 2-bay; window to each bay at each floor. SW elevation: blank, with single 1st floor window at centre. 12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows. Harled stacks with ashlar set-offs or shoulders and cornices. Grey slates to piend roofs with swept eaves and lead flashings. Outbuilding: rectangular plan former stable (?), sited on rising ground, at roadside, continuing to E and W. Rubble sandstone with ashlar dressings. W end elevation canted with window at centre. S elevation with 3 square openings in upper part, set to right, and walled stack. Lamp bracket to left. N elevation with rectangular projection at outer right, and with wide door by re-entrant angle; further doorway to outer left, under lean-to-addition. Pantiled piend roof. Retaining walls: rubble walls adjoined to outbuilding, running N, and linking with further outbuilding, circular in plan, before running further N. Gates and gatepiers: wrought-iron pair of gates, comprised of railings, scroll pattern and simple arrowheads, into driveway; pedestrian gate, again in wrought-iron, in simpler form at right. 2 squared sandstone gatepiers with recessed panels, ashlar caps and coping to deep buttresses to W and to adjoining walls. Gates not original nor were earlier gates (see notes). Sited to E of Penkaet House.

Statement of Interest

The partner pavilion , Penkaet House, is listed separately; the different names for the residence serve only to differentiate; they were both designed by James Hamilton and at the same time. The House itself was also by Hamilton, possibly incorporating earlier fabric.The simple form of the gates and earlier, weathered state of the gatepiers, suggest that they are not those from Bloxholm Castle mentioned in the inventory and by Whitehead. It is probable that they were brought from somewhere else again, while those from Bloxholm were moved to the South Lodge of Winton House, close by to the E, where later piers were erected to support them, probably earlier in the 20th century. See separate listing.

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