Funding for 18th century building

Cousland Smiddy
Cousland Smiddy

Cousland Smiddy has received a grant of £9,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out repair works and provide regular open days.

The money will also go towards cataloguing and conserving the archive held by Cousland Smiddy Trust and Cousland Local History project, and to double the number of volunteers to 40.

Sheena Irving, chairman of Cousland Smiddy Trust said: “Cousland is such a fascinating place with historical connections back to the Iron Age, Mary Queen of Scots and the Battle of Prestonpans, to name drop a few.

“Now we have the opportunity to properly archive and display the collection of the Local History Project in perfect context, for locals, visitors and researchers within the restored and upgraded Smith’s Cottage at the 18th Century Cousland Smiddy. It will also provide a location for people to bring along their artefacts, images and local tales, in the knowledge that they will be archived into a secure collection which will be available for everyone to see.”

The repair works will include damp proofing, re-pointing the gable walls and installing a damp course.