Polkemmet, Polkemmet Country Park, Polkemmet House

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Alternative Names Polkemmet Auxiliary Hospital
Canmore ID 186290
Site Number NS96SW 45
NGR NS 9247 6494
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District WEST LOTHIAN
Former County WEST LOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Polkemmet Country Park
Whitburn's economy is closely tied to that of Polkemmet, ancient seat of the Baillies, early agricultural improvers and philanthropists who founded Baillie Institutes in Whitburn, Blackburn, Fauldhouse, Longridge and Harthill (forerunners of community centres). Polkemmet (demolished) was a substantial house, the principal mansion block (originally 17th-century) later castellated in the David Hamilton manner. Extended baronially in Victorian times and, in 1912, by Dick Peddie & Forbes Smith. The heavily wooded 170-acre estate opened as a country park in 1971, facilities focused upon golfers. Stable block a Visitors' Centre.

Taken from "West Lothian: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Stuart Eydmann, Richard Jaques and Charles McKean, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk

Architectural Notes

NS96SW 45.00 9247 6494

NS96SW 45.01 92393 64960 Walled garden
NS96SW 45.02 92320 64959 Stable Block (Laird's House; Polkemmet House, Visitor Centre)
NS96NW 43 92639 65067 Mausoleum


Largly built 1822
Altered 1878 and later.
Now demolished

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March 2013 to September 2013

Notes A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.

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Books and References

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 21 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Jaques and McKean, R and C (1994) West Lothian: an illustrated architectural guide, RIAS/ Landmark Trust series [Edinburgh]
Page(s): 81 Held at RCAHMS D.7.3.JAC

Mackenzie and Moncur Ltd (1937) Street lighting, standards, brackets etc.: {catalogue}, {Edinburgh}
Held at RCAHMS J.9.MAC.P

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