NT5972 : East Lothian Architecture : Papple Steading

taken 3 years ago, near to Papple, East Lothian, Great Britain

East Lothian Architecture : Papple Steading
East Lothian Architecture : Papple Steading
Mid to late C19th. Category B listed.

Both Historic Scotland and RCAHMS (Royal Commission On The Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland) provide information about this group of buildings.

Historic Scotland's Statutory List describes the building thus:


This building is in the East Lothian Council and the Whittingehame Parish. It is a category B building and was listed on 05/02/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 590 725.


Mid 19th century. Entrance range to W in Germanic style centrepiece and later stalk and engine house adjoined to N range. Squared, snecked and stugged rubble and ashlar dressings to W range, larger masonry to later additions at N. Chamfered arrises to openings. Gablet skews to principal openings and corbelled skewputts. Grey slates, corrugated asbestos to N projections.

W (MAIN) RANGE: 7 symmetrical bays; advanced gabled entrance bay at centre with set-offs, hoodmoulded round-arched opening to pend, with keystone and corbelled dovecot above; pointed-arch opening to dovecot and stone piend roof. Pyramid spire intersected by gables of each elevation; decorative weathervane. 2-bays flanking each side with hayloft windows breaking eaves in gabled dormerheads. Advanced gabled outer bays with windows at ground and hayloft window in gablehead; each return with gabled hayloft door. Louvred, piend-roofed ventilators set between hayloft dormerheads to W, with fish-scale Piend roofs, lead flashings and finials.

N RANGE AND STALK: high gabled wing projecting off-centre to right with gabled engine house set in re-entrant to left, and with further gabled projecting on E return with machinery doors. Tall stone pedestal to circular section yellow brick stack with moulded neck. Cast-iron columns to cartshed to left of N range.


Formerly known as Popplehal or Popilhall, by site of former nunnery. Impressive frontage is outstanding among Improvement steadings in East Lothian and in its setting.



Source : Historic Scotland

The RCAHMS "CANMORE" website offers the following information:

Date 22 February 2007
Event ID 557355


NT 5909 7248 Desk assessment included examining estate plans of 1783, 1819 and 1871 and a complete set of designs for the existing steading complex of c1880. From these it was clear that the present steading complex had been conceived of as a model farm by the proprietor, Lord Balfour (noted agricultural improver and Prime Minister), and built in a single principal episode. The complex was assessed and evidence for original use of many of the interiors noted.

We also assessed the archaeological potential of the field immediately to the S This assessment was undertaken on 22 February 2007. This still contains a solitary fragment of very substantially built medieval masonry, apparently the last remains of a former nunnery. The area of the field in the vicinity of the fragment was judged likely to be of high archaeological sensitivity; proposals for development of a reed-bed water treatment facility in this area were not pursued. The existing farmhouse contains the much-altered remains of an improvement period farmhouse and open-sided court seen on the 1783 map. Considerably reworked in the 19th century.

Archive deposited with East Lothian Council SMR, RCAHMS.
Funder: Tighmor, Simpson and Brown Architects.

Person Mr Thomas Addyman
Organisation Addyman Archaeology

Books and References

Addyman, T (2007d) 'Papple Steading, East Lothian (Whittingehame parish), historic building assessment', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.8 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England."

Source : RCAHMS "CANMORE" website
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Tuesday, 2 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 3 September, 2014
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Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
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Farm Building 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5905 7245 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.6004N 2:39.4315W
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