Polkemmet, Polkemmet Country Park, Polkemmet House
Hospital (first World War), House (19th Century)
- Council West Lothian
- Parish Whitburn
- Former Region Lothian
- Former District West Lothian
- Former County West Lothian
Polkemmet Country Park
Whitburn's economy is closely tied to that of Polkemmet, ancient seat of the Baillies, early agricultural improvers and philanthropists who founded Baillie Institutes in Whitburn, Blackburn, Fauldhouse, Longridge and Harthill (forerunners of community centres). Polkemmet (demolished) was a substantial house, the principal mansion block (originally 17th-century) later castellated in the David Hamilton manner. Extended baronially in Victorian times and, in 1912, by Dick Peddie & Forbes Smith. The heavily wooded 170-acre estate opened as a country park in 1971, facilities focused upon golfers. Stable block a Visitors' Centre.
Taken from "West Lothian: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Stuart Eydmann, Richard Jaques and Charles McKean, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk
NS96SW 45.00 9247 6494
NS96SW 45.01 92393 64960 Walled garden
NS96SW 45.02 92320 64959 Stable Block (Laird's House; Polkemmet House, Visitor Centre)
NS96NW 43 92639 65067 Mausoleum
Largly built 1822
Altered 1878 and later.
Project (March 2013 - September 2013)
A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.
Polkemment house became a Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital in 1915 and closed in 1918.
Information from Scotland's War Project to RCAHMS 21 July 2015.