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Amisfield Walled Garden, Pineapple House - East Lothian

Amisfield Walled Garden, Pineapple House - East Lothian

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Published by David Connolly
This report represents the results of the investigation of the ruins
of a Glasshouse within the 18th century Walled Garden at Amisfield
in East Lothian.
This was a joint project as part of the Peter Potter Lost Landscapes
project with support from the Amisfield Preservation Trust. It
included the involvement of over 180 people ranging through local
school classes, and groups from Tynepark Centre, North Berwick
Day Centre, Dad’s Work and local volunteers as well as Students
from Edinburgh University.
The excavation uncovered the central Glasshouse on the north wall
(south facing) and revealed the stonework from the 1783 building
containing both a tile hypocaust system and later cast iron pipe
heating system with raised beds and walkways related to the
original use as a Pineapple House (Vinery Pinery) built by the
Wemyss Estate.
The Walled Garden also has four corner pavilions, of which the
north east Pavilion was subjected to building record as part of a
training day.
Geophysical work carried out by the Edinburgh Archaeological
Field The project was made possible by Peter Potter Gallery,
Haddinton as part of their Lost Landscapes Programme.
This report represents the results of the investigation of the ruins
of a Glasshouse within the 18th century Walled Garden at Amisfield
in East Lothian.
This was a joint project as part of the Peter Potter Lost Landscapes
project with support from the Amisfield Preservation Trust. It
included the involvement of over 180 people ranging through local
school classes, and groups from Tynepark Centre, North Berwick
Day Centre, Dad’s Work and local volunteers as well as Students
from Edinburgh University.
The excavation uncovered the central Glasshouse on the north wall
(south facing) and revealed the stonework from the 1783 building
containing both a tile hypocaust system and later cast iron pipe
heating system with raised beds and walkways related to the
original use as a Pineapple House (Vinery Pinery) built by the
Wemyss Estate.
The Walled Garden also has four corner pavilions, of which the
north east Pavilion was subjected to building record as part of a
training day.
Geophysical work carried out by the Edinburgh Archaeological
Field The project was made possible by Peter Potter Gallery,
Haddinton as part of their Lost Landscapes Programme.

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1.1.1. East Lothian has a rich history of architectural heritage and agricultural innovation. These
elements come together in the remarkable structures of the 18th

century known as walled

gardens, of which Amisfield is one of the apogees of this form.

1.1.2. The Peter Potter Gallery Lost Landscape Project utilised local heritage assets with artistic
interpretation and community involvement – this approach meshed with one of the
general aims and objectives of the Amisfield Preservation Trust, to engage local groups and
promote the remarkable structure and the grounds.

1.1.3. This project, was confined to excavation, survey and record of the structures built against
the north wall of the walled garden. And the recording of a single corner pavilion as a
training exercise for further works.

1.1.4. The project was undertaken as part of the Haddington based Peter Potter Gallery’s year
long programme; Lost Landscapes. Organisation was shared with the gallery staff to provide
opportunities for local schools and other groups such as Dad’s Work, North Bwerwick Day
Centre, Tynepark Centre and both local volunteers and Edinburgh University students to
become involved in an archaeological project.

1.1.5. Support was also provided by members of the Amisfield Preservation Trust, who also
carried out guiding tours and historical talks.

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