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Howden House

A white-harled mansion surrounded by parkland in Livingston (West Lothian), Howden House is located a half-mile (1 km) north northwest of the town centre. It comprises three storeys and five bays, with two-storey two-bay wings on both sides, and a little single-storey extension to the east. The roof is slated and there is a classical porch at the entrance. Howden was Category-B listed in 1971.

It was build c.1770, most likely for Thomas Farquharson of Howden and sold in 1834 to Henry Raeburn, son of artist Sir Henry Raeburn (1756 - 1823). It was later owned by the daughter of the noted local industrialist James 'Paraffin' Young (1811-84), who lived here until her death in 1931, when the house was sold to Sir Adrian Baillie of Polkemmet (1898 - 1947). In 1946, the estate was purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture, who used the land to test agricultural machinery. The property was bought by the Livingston Development Corporation in 1963 and they initially planned to have their headquarters in the house, but it was not large enough. It was developed as a community centre, but later abandoned and eventually sold to private developers to be restored and turned into flats in 2013.


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