East Lothian

Tyninghame Village
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Tyninghame Village

A picturesque planned estate village located 2 miles (3 km) northeast of East Linton and 4 miles (6 km) west of Dunbar in East Lothian, lying along the B1407 road. The name means simply 'hamlet on the Tyne'. The original village lay in front of Tyninghame House, on the banks of the River Tyne but this was demolished and the current village begun in 1761 a half-mile (1 km) to the southwest. The reason for the relocation was to create space around the house for a parkland estate for the Earl of Haddington. The original village is recorded as having been burned by the Danes in 941 AD, including with the Church of St. Baldred. The remains of a replacement 12th Century parish church can still be found in front of Tyninghame House.

The new village was extended in the 19th C., with the addition of a school, a village hall and other services and most of the houses date from that period. The oldest buildings are at Widows Row which, along with the factors house at Tyninghame Mains and some buildings on the north side of Main Street, are the only 18th Century buildings.

In 1969, Tyninghame was designated a conservation village. Today, Tyninghame is an historic village of local architectural importance, with many of the buildings now having 'listed' status.

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