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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 03/08/1971


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Westerkirk

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNY 31941 89280
  • Coordinates331941, 589280


Much altered house and much restored. Work by Thomas

Telford 1783; reconstruction work following fire damage both

in 1873 and in 1955. Essentially 3 ranges in south-facing

U-plan; north-facing neo-classical entrance in bay linking

inner and E ranges. Mostly rubble-built with ashlar

dressings and margins. Main inner range: completely gutted

in 1955, and walls heightened/altered in reconstruction with

main roof swept over stump of former N wing. 2 storeys, 2

conical-roofed turrets in roughly Z-plan arrangement, that

on N wall perhaps originally a 17/18th century stair, that

to S, with garden entrance, circa 1955; S elevation with

3-window inner bow.

N ENTRANCE (?by Telford): possibly re-positioned in 19th

century; broad outer pilasters, cornice and blocking course,

wide panelled door with sidelights and thermal window above.

2-storey E wing comprises 2 unequal parallel blocks in double-pile arrangement; W wing single storey, curved low linking bay at NW. Mostly sash windows throughout with 12-pane glazing pattern. Corniced stacks; roofs covered mostly with graded slates. Unusual (?) 18th century ashlar-built well to NE, water spout set in S face, armorial panel above, water pours into trough below.

Statement of Special Interest

Listed for historic interest. The earliest known sizeable

job by Telford was at Westerhall.

Penfold notes a letter from Telford to Andrew Little, July

1783, "Mr Pulteney and I have made 100 alterations in




A Penfold, THOMAS TELFORD, ETC, 1981 p.11. (exhibition


NMRS - 1911 sale catalogue inc. photo; some prints taken

after fire 1955.

Groome, GAZETTEER, 2nd ed. vol VI p.480.

Information from owner.

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Listed Buildings

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