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Grand Houses & Policies (AD 1600–1900)

East Lothian has a wealth of beautiful designed landscapes and gardens, created around some of the country’s most significant houses.

The extensive agricultural estates with their great houses were in decline before the Second World War, hit hard by heavy death duties and the 1930s economic depression.

Many grand houses were demolished, such as Smeaton House and Amisfield House, although many still remain.

Some of these houses and estates are in private ownership today but there are a number where public access is provided and in some cases, positively encouraged, for example, Newhailes House (Musselburgh),Winton House (Pencaitland), the Lodge Grounds (North Berwick) and Amisfield Park (Haddington).

 

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