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Harlawhill House

Lothians: To east of Prestonpans, on minor roads south of B1348 (High Street), Harlaw Hill, at Harlawhill House.

 

Private   NT 390745   OS: 66   EH32 9ED


View from exterior.

Harlawhill House, an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House, Prestonpans (© Martin Coventry)
Door, Harlawhill House, an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House: door (© Martin Coventry)

Standing by a walled garden, Harlawhill (or Harlaw Hill or Harlowhill) is a 17th- and 18th-century L-plan house of two storeys with later work. It consists of a long main block and a projecting tower, and formerly had a striking ogee roof although this was removed in recent years. There was a south wing, but this collapsed in 1968 from subsidence caused by old mine workings.
  The interior has been much altered to connect with later extensions. There is no vaulting.

Harlawhill House is an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House (© Martin Coventry)
Gateway, Harlawhill House, an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House: gateway (© Martin Coventry)

The house is not marked on old maps. This was a property of the Hamiltons of Preston, but had passed to the Fowlers, brewers in Prestonpans, by the end of the 18th century, and was also home to the Hislops, who were related to the Fowlers. Very little else is recorded about the building.

Harlawhill House, an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House (© Martin Coventry)

The Fowlers established the brewery in 1720, the business becoming John Fowler and Co Ltd, and it became a thriving enterprise with the brewery and maltings, as well as 36 licensed premises and two hotels. The business was sold in 1960 to a larger brewery group, but brewing ceased at Prestonpans in 1962. The nearby brewery site was later reveloped as Fowler's Court and the maltings are now the Prestonlinks Shopping Centre.

Garden, Harlawhill House, an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House: garden (© Martin Coventry)
Harlawhill House is an old and derelict house, once held by the Hamiltons and then by the Fowlers, in Prestonpans in East Lothian in southeast Scotland. Harlawhill House (© Martin Coventry)

The house was apparently still occupied in 1996 but is now abandoned and is not in the best condition. At time of writing (2019) it is derelict and boarded-up and the garden is overgrown.

  This is one of four old houses in Prestonpans, the others being Preston TowerNorthfield House and Hamilton House.

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