Basic Site Details

Name: Cockenzie School and Schoolhouse
Town, district or village: Cockenzie
City or county: East Lothian
Country: Scotland
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Notes: ‘The elevation shows an extremely handsome design, rather Gothic in character, but devoid of ornament. The principal entrance is from the south, the front wall of which is pierced with three large windows, admitting a flood of light into the interior of the schoolroom. From the centre of the roof there springs a neat belfry, light and graceful in character.’

The main room was 44 feet by 22 feet, a smaller one measuring 15 feet square. Attached to the main school building was the schoolmaster’s accommodation. The cost of the building, although initially estimated to be between £1,500 and £2,000 eventually came to ‘considerably under £1,000.’ (Courier)

William Brown, grandson of the Rev. John Brown of Haddington, endowed funds on Cockenzie to enable the building of this school and schoolhouse.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Free Church School  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1School  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 4 February 1883Addition 
Item 2 of 41865   
Item 3 of 4After 1865Before 1883Addition 
Item 4 of 41906  Further work - or another school?


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7J & R FarquharsonArchitectural practiceB February 1883Additions
Item 2 of 7John FarquharsonArchitectC February 1883Additions
Item 3 of 7Robert FarquharsonArchitectC February 1883Additions
Item 4 of 7Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectA1865  
Item 5 of 7John Dick PeddieArchitectA1865  
Item 6 of 7Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceA1865  
Item 7 of 7William ConstableArchitect 1906 Further work - or another school?


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Haddingtonshire Courier1865   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Craig StathamInformation sent via Contacts page on DSA website Sent July 2010
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1860/57/1
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Constable: L v10 no1190