- HER number: MEL560
- Site Name: Elvingston
- Grid Reference: 346142 674377
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Country House (19th Century, Post Medieval)
- Summary: Jacobean-Baronial mansion, 1837
NT47SE 8.00 46142 74377 Elvingston
NT47SE 8.01 46172 74425 Dovecot
NT47SE 8.02 46047 74220 Walled Garden
NT47SE 8.03 46018 74237 Glasshouse
NT47SE 8.04 46175 74401 Stables
NT47SE 8.05 46360 74430 East Lodge
NT47SE 8.06 46402 73409 South Lodge
(1) Historic Scotland Listed Building Description: John Tait, 1837. 2-storey, attic and basement Jacobean-Baronial mansion with single storey service wings. Stugged grey ashlar with base course, string and eaves course, and moulded surrounds to openings; stone mullions.
S ELEVATION: 3 asymmetrical bays. Advanced gabled entrance bay at centre with depressed archway leading to depressed arch of tripartite doorway; heraldic panel over door with "Pietas Tutissima Virtus" inscription, overstepped by string course; 2 blank shields flanking below. Strapworked stone balustrade with panelled stone dies. Gabled panel projecting slightly to outer right bay with tripartite windows to ground and 1st floor and small single attic window in gablehead. Outer bay to left, gabled, with single windows to each floor, tallest at ground.
E ELEVATION: advanced gable bay to right with bipartite at ground floor, single windows to basement, 1st and attic floors, and glazed narrow slits on return. 4-stage circular stair tower set in re-entrant angle with doorway to basement and window to each stage; mannered pediment above fourth stage window, breaking eaves; slated conical roof with tapering ball finial. Gabled bay to outer left intercepted by tower; single windows to each floor.
W ELEVATION: 3-bay. French doors to basement at centre. Slightly projecting gabled bays to left and right; canted bay with short flight of steps adjoined to outer right bay at ground with bipartite French windows and ashlar balustrade; single window in each floor above; tripartite windows in outer left bay and single attic window.
N ELEVATION: 5-bay, 3 gabled bays interspersed by narrower 2nd and 4th bays; tripartite window in 4th bay. Raised chimney stacks to outer bays and windows to each floor of centre bay. 2 gabled projecting single storey service wings at ground, with variety of openings, each 1-bay wide; adjoined to right of centre bay and to outer left corner. Depressed arch window in gable end of latter. Variety of glazing patterns to sash and case windows; curved glass in stair tower windows of E elevation, and plate glass predominating. Gablet coped skews with consoled skewputts; variety of stone finials. Polygonal and clustered diamond stacks with moulded coping; those to left gablehead to N elevation currently shorn-off (1988), grey slates; skylights and 1 small piend roofed dormer to W. INTERIOR: coffered ceiling to hall with plaster roses; strapworked plaster ceilings. Yellow marble Louis chimneypiece. Architraved doors. Yellow marble Louis chimneypiece. Architraved doors. Decorative timber stair balustrade. Winding stair to tower.
STABLE RANGE: Tudor style single storey range with hayloft. 5 wide bays. Grey rubble sandstone with ashlar dressings and polygonal towers.
N ELEVATION: wide 4-centred porch entrance to gabled bay at centre, breaking eaves with round arched hayloft door; blank shield at apex. Polygonal towers flanking with arrow slits, and with drums at impost level with blinded quatrefoil gunports and slated candle snuffer roofs. Bipartites in flanking bays and doorways in outer bays with top-hopper fanlights; gabled hayloft dormerheads to bays flanking centre with round arched openings.
S ELEVATION: 7-bay. Slightly advanced gabled bay at centre with 2 polygonal wallhead stacks and window. 3 stable windows flanking each side, with additional window to right of centre and gabled ahyloft dormers, detailed as above, to penultimate bays. Stall division retained in interior. Narrow stone newel stair to hayloft in E tower. Stone finials to gables and dormers and bracketed skewputts.
GARRIAGE RANGE: 4-bay gabled single storey range. 4 depressed arch carriage doors to E elevation. Skewputts and finials to gables, as above.
The circular dovecot lies to N of stable court, probably dating from 18th century, and with the South and East Lodges, is listed separately. A further lodge and walled garden to W are not included in current listings. Consent for extension of house and conversion of stables to offices granted 1991.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Bernard Thorpe and Partners. 1987. Elvingston House, by Gladsmuir, East Lothian: [sale particulars].
- Bibliographic reference: Knight Frank and Rutley; Swan, J. 1987. Elvingston Estate, by Haddington, East Lothian: [sale particulars].