The small tenement at 42 - 44 Market Street, close to the Town Hall in the centre of Haddington, incorporates material from every period in the history of the burgh since its foundation by David I in the mid-twelfth century. While this may seem surprising in such an apparently modest structure, it is probably true of more burgh buildings than is generally realised.
Drain and foundation trenches produced twelfth and thirteenth century pottery of the type known as Colstoun ware and the walls were shown to be a mixture of medieval and post-medieval masonry. Part of the frontage was found to be a late example of the sort of plastered timber frame construction which is common in nineteenth century views of old Edinburgh, but which is now extremely rare. The west gable contains a large fireplace, probably of the early seventeenth century first floor hall, whose curved chimney breast rises through the bedroom of the flat above, creating an unusual and distinctive space. The building was gutted in the 1950s when it became part of the Kilspindie knitwear factory.
The building was repaired and restored in 1997 with support from Historic Scotland. The internal structure was rebuilt and fitted out as a tenement of four small flats and three shops. A new stair tower was built at the rear containing a geometrical pencheck stair, the roof was pantiled and the walls lime harled and lime washed in a traditional ochre colour. The eighteenth century sashes were carefully repaired and painted on the basis of evidence from the windows themselves, a bright nursery green: rightly or wrongly breaking for the first time the rule that was established in the 1960s that all windows in Haddington should be white.
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