The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Northfield House

Lothians: Just south of Prestonpans, on minor road north of B1361, north-west of Prestonpans railway station, near Hamilton House and Preston Tower.

 

NTS   NT 389739   OS: 66   EH32 9LE

Northfield House (© Martin Coventry)

Standing within a walled garden and a very atmospheric place, Northfield House is an altered late 16th-century L-plan house of three storeys and a garret. Large bartizans crown all corners, the pitch of the roof is very steep, and there are corbiestepped gables. There is a stone over the doorway with 1611 and the initials of Joseph Marjoribanks and Marion Simpson and the inscription ‘EXCEP THE LORD BVLD IN WANE BVLDS MAN’.

Northfield House (MacGibbon and Ross)

   The hall was on the first floor, but the building has been altered inside. In 1956 fine 16th-century decorative painting was discovered behind plasterwork and boards, including in the hall and two bed chambers.

Northfield House (© Martin Coventry)

  The property probably belonged to the Hamiltons, but by 1611 had passed to Joseph Marjoribanks, an Edinburgh merchant. It was sold again to the Syme family in 1703, then in 1746 to the Nisbets, then in 1890 to the MacNeils. The house is in good condition, and still occupied and is in the process of being reharled.

Northfield House: doocot (© Martin Coventry)

  There is a fine beehive doocot [NT 390739], dating from the 16th century, which was restored in the 1970s.

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

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