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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.

ELIOCK HOUSEReference: LB17256

Status: Designated


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


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 79678 7450
  • Coordinates279678, 607450


Composite mansion house, with (?late 16th century) tower

house nucleus, additions until circa 1914; H-plan, with

courtyard to west (wings linked at east by crenellated low

circa 1914 projection). Mostly 3 storeys; north wing fire

damaged, now derelict, and partly demolished at east. Inner

range a rectangular 1658 (dated) house, projected from south

end of tower house, with bolection-moulded doorway, to

courtyard in tall, central, circular stair turret (latter

conical-roofed with dovecot at upper level); 3-bay east

elevation (4 bays, 1 blank with rebuilt wallhead stack) is

harled: remainder mostly grey or pink ashlar, polished to

courtyard: (south wing otherwise droved); margined windows

small-paned sashes. Tower house retains some original

openings and gun ports, north and south wings each have

narrow west gables (that to north wing heightened circa

1914). South wing essentially 18th/early 19th century, but

present form perhaps not original; 6-bay long south

elevation, piended 3-bay south elevation. Corniced stacks;

slate roofs.

Interior of south wing: 1st floor partly re-modelled early

20th century in "Adam" style (some original features

retained); some rooms narrowed to accommodate corridor facing

courtyard; some good 18th-early 20th century chimney pieces; cantilevered stone stair.

Statement of Special Interest

Fire damage occurred during 1939-45 war when the house had

been requisitioned.



Information from owner (1983)

RCAHM INVENTORY 1920 no.552.

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