Annet House

Annet House, once the home to Linlithgow Story
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Annet House, once the home to Linlithgow Story

Located on the High Street in Linlithgow (West Lothian), Annet House is a B-listed three-storey town-house, which was built around 1787 as a home for George Bartholomew, a merchant and Dean of Guild of Linlithgow. A private residence until the 1930s, it became the town's Police Headquarters and then a war-time Civil Defence Headquarters. After the war, the building was purchased by local people to be used as a community centre. Between 1952 and 1969 the house was used as a library and then by West Lothian District Council as offices (1975 - 1991). Between 1992 and 2019, it was leased to the Linlithgow Heritage Trust to become a museum for the town, known as the Linlithgow Story.

The narrow, long garden, to the rear, owes its dimensions to the mediaeval division of land into strips, or riggs. Terraced into four levels, it includes an ice-house. The highest level of the garden offers fine views over the town, including Linlithgow Palace and Loch.

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