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Cranstoun Riddel, Former Factor's House

A Category B Listed Building in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8799 / 55°52'47"N

Longitude: -2.9868 / 2°59'12"W

OS Eastings: 338360

OS Northings: 665631

OS Grid: NT383656

Mapcode National: GBR 70LG.52

Mapcode Global: WH7V7.2GZR

Entry Name: Cranstoun Riddel, Former Factor's House

Listing Date: 26 February 2003

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396652

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49100

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cranston

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Probably William Burn, 1842. 1?-storey, T-plan Picturesque cottage with single storey porches in re-entrant angles; 2-storey gabled wing adjoined by single storey link; further single storey porch to rear linking house to former out-house. Multi-gabled with Tudor detailing; timber fretted scroll bargeboards and exposed eaves. Stugged sandstone ashlar with chamfered arrises; long and short quoins. Base course and polished sandstone ashlar dressings.

SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: T-plan section to left with gabled entrance porch in left re-entrant angle: timber panelled door within raised margin surround, inset carved date stone (1842) to apex, window to left return; advanced 2-storey gable to centre with central window to each floor; to right, single storey lean-to in re-entrant angle with window in end and decorative gabled wallhead dormer breaking eaves of main house. To centre, single storey link with central tripartite window; adjoining main house to left return and advanced wing to right return. To right, advanced low 2-storey single bay wing with tripartite window to each floor; scrolled bargeboards to gablehead.

NW ELEVATION: gable end with projecting stepped central stack running full height of elevation; fretted bargeboards to gable.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: not seen, 2002.

SE ELEVATION: to left, end-wall with window to right and overhanging eaves; roof broken by wallhead stack. To right, projecting single storey, single bay entrance with bipartite window and entrance door to left return; right return adjoining advanced single storey, blind gable end out-house with tripartite window to left return.

2, 4 and 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows to most; multi-paned tripartite windows to single storey link; some 2-pane cast-iron Carron lights to roof. Pitched grey slate roof with lead ridging, flashing and valleys. Decorative timber fretted scroll bargeboards to gables with heavy through finials. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods. Moulded pedestals supporting paired octagonal ashlar stacks rising from wallheads and gables.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2002.

Statement of Interest

Built by Lord Stair for the Factor of Oxenfoord Estate, the house is sited within its own grounds near to Cranstoun Church and Oxenfoord Stables. Originally it was called Cranstoun Cottage and is stylistically similar to the South Lodge of Oxenfoord Castle, also sited near the A68 (T). The Factor's house, like the South Lodge, does not take its inspiration from the main castle's architecture. Both buildings are described by Rev. Dickson as "examples of Elizabethan architecture" and are thought to be by William Burn as he was working on the estate from 1840. It is believed that parts of chimney stacks and fireplaces were re-used from Chesterhall which was demolished shortly before this house was built. The Rev. Dickson described it, in 1907, as being "a most desirable and comfortable dwelling, amid environments chaste and beautiful". Listed due to the retention of original features, including ornate bargeboards and stacks, sash and case windows and good window dressings.

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