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Georgian house rescued after decades of neglect

11 January 2012

Georgian house rescued after decades of neglect

An eighteenth-century mansion in the Scottish borders is to be rescued from more than thirty years of neglect after having been purchased by Midlothian Council.

Mavisbank House, an eighteenth-century Borders mansion designed by William Adam, has been rescued from decades of neglect after Midlothian Council used its powers of compulsory purchase to rescue the house. The mansion, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1974, is privately owned, but after its purchase, will be passed by the council to the Mavisbank House Preservation Trust on the condition that they will restore the building. 

Russell Imrie of Midlothian Council said: 'The house remains capable of restoration, either to a wind and watertight shell, or even full restoration and re-use, and the grounds, which are owned by Historic Scotland, have substantial potential for managed access and informal recreational use.


'Mavisbank Preservation Trust is confident that it can raise sufficient finance to restore and maintain the House and carry out vehicle-access works to the Grounds.


'The architectural beauty, history and European significance of this A-Listed Building make it worth fighting for, as potentially one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Lothians.'


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