Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology

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Penicuik House

Penicuik House

Interior of the ruins - before consolidation

Penicuik House

Penicuik House

Interior of the ruins - after consolidation

Penicuik House

Penicuik House

Interior of the ruins - before consolidation

Penicuik House

Penicuik House

Penicuik House in 2006

Penicuik House

Penicuik House

Entrance hall floor pattern revealed after cleaning

Penicuik House

Penicuik House

Drawings of interior elevations

The aim of the Penicuik House Project was to consolidate the ruin of Penicuik House. The six year project by Simpson & Brown was completed in 2014. The archaeological involvement in the project has included extensive detailed drawings of the interior elevations, excavations and clearing within the rooms and a detailed photographic record of the works progressing.  We have added significantly to the understanding of how the house looked, and in particular the mechanics of how the house functioned, including the various heating systems.  The detailed drawings and greater understanding of the building has fed into the design process and helped to make decisions about how parts of the building should be conserved.  The drawings have been particularly useful in the areas where rebuilding has been necessary.

Over the last few years we have had a number of popular tours of the house as part of Archaeology Month. There has also been a conference held at Penicuik House on building archaeology, and in Spring 2013 we ran a 5 day training school covering all aspects of building archaeology.