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205 Church Street, Seton Lodge with Retaining Walls, Railings and Gateways

A Category B Listed Building in Tranent, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9491 / 55°56'56"N

Longitude: -2.9559 / 2°57'21"W

OS Eastings: 340399

OS Northings: 673303

OS Grid: NT403733

Mapcode National: GBR 2K.Y7VD

Mapcode Global: WH7TV.KQMR

Entry Name: 205 Church Street, Seton Lodge with Retaining Walls, Railings and Gateways

Listing Date: 30 March 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 388518

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB42084

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tranent

County: East Lothian

Town: Tranent

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Traditional County: East Lothian

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Late 18th century 4-bay, single storey lodge with earlier to mid 19th century 2-storey addition and lean-to porch on falling ground at rear. Droved sandstone, roughly squared and coursed on W elevation, remaining elevations in rubble; ashlar dressings.

W ELEVATION: 4-bay. Door off-centre to right; painted margins and porch comprised of slender quatrefoil section cast-iron columns, timber cornice and painted lead bell-cast roof, swept up into Sun fire insurenace plaque as finial. Window flanking to right and to each bay to left.

REAR ADDITION: gabled 2-storey block adjoined at right angles at centre, clasping rear elevation and breaking eaves; blank to S side, lean-to porch to N, and window to each floor to E, with blinded attic window.

Line of former addition apparent at ground to S, and generous attic window above.

12-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows; stained glass border pattern to 1st floor window at rear. Ashlar coped skews, droved end stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: original lodge furnished grandly with high ceilings; Drawing Room with classical decoration; black marble classical chimneypiece, panelled dado and shutters, decorative plaster cornice; fluted Composite pilasters and Adamesque frieze to wall recess; 5 doors for symmetry, 2 blind. Decorative finger plates. Rear addition with stair, evidently built as service wing.

RETAINING WALLS, RAILINGS AND GATEWAYS: rubble coped sandstone rubble retaining walls; ahslar coped to W with spearhead cast- and wrought-iron railings. Droved ashlar gabled porch to W, ashlar coped, with carved armourial in gablehead (see Notes); boarded gate. Blocked pointed arch gateway incorporated in W wall to S.

Statement of Interest

Seton Lodge (formerly listed as Tranent Lodge) is so-called because the fmaily of Captain William Hutchison, Governor of Cape Colony, Gold Coast, Africa, took over the Seton Tomb in Tranent Churchyard, claiming descent from the Seton family. Captain Hutchison is said to be interred here and the earliest inscription on the tomb is 1859. The cartouche over the doorway in the wall at the Lodge is taken from one side of the Seton Tomb. The possibility remains that it was built as a dower house to Seton House to N, as the drawing room decoration would suggest.

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