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WESTERHALL HOUSE (Ref:16936)

This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Westerkirk Parish. It is a category B building and was listed on 03/08/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NY 318 893.

Description

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.

Notes

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 Westerhall".

References

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