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Woolmet House

Arch which once formed the entrance to Woolmet House
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Arch which once formed the entrance to Woolmet House

Only a gateway arch remains of this 17th-century mansion, adjacent to the Danderhall Miner's Welfare and Social Club, 4 miles (6.5 km) southeast of Edinburgh. The fine three-storey L-plan house which once stood on this site was dated to 1686, although parts may have been earlier, and altered in the 18th century. It was regarded as of special importance showing the Scottish vernacular style of architecture and was surrounded by walled-gardens and orchards. Acquired by the National Trust for Scotland, it had been damaged by undermining by the numerous nearby coal pits and was demolished in 1954. A salvaged stone mantel was installed in Northfield House in Prestonpans. The National Trust donated the ground to the community.


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