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West Barns, Bielside Cottage

Cottage (Period Unassigned)

Site Name West Barns, Bielside Cottage

Classification Cottage (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Bielside Garden Lodge; Gardens Lodge

Canmore ID 57573

Site Number NT67NE 108

NGR NT 6554 7818

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Dunbar
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT67NE 108 6554 7818

NT 6554 7818 A standing building survey was carried out in August 2003. Planning permission was granted for the demolition of this B Listed building, subject to the condition that a programme of archaeological recording and a watching brief prior to demolition was undertaken. The lodge was formerly part of the Seafield House Estate and was in a derelict state at the time of the survey.

Based on the cartographic evidence and the results obtained during the building survey, the following developmental phases are proposed:

Phase 1: mid- to late 18th century. The 1806 estate map shows that a series of buildings arranged on a U-shaped plan were present during this period. This phase was represented by the earlier roofline present on the S gable and internal N gable of Room 1. The large sandstone slab fireplace surrounds on the S internal elevation possibly also date to this phase. In all probability the building was thatched at this time.

Phase 2: early to mid-19th century. The U-shaped plan was radically altered and the building rearranged on its present plan. During this phase, the E elevation was rebuilt entirely to accommodate a new ashlar porch and the roofs altered to accommodate pantiles.

Phase 3: early to mid-20th century. This period saw the modernisation of the building with the installation of an enamel stove. The brick chimneystacks were also added during this phase.

Phase 4: late 20th century. Abandonment and dereliction. The 1971 aerial photograph shows that the lodge was still roofed. The roof timbers, tiles and all internal lath and plaster were removed some time after this date.

Report lodged with East Lothian SMR and the NMRS.

Sponsor: Mr R Bambery.

M Cressey 2003

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