GELSTON CASTLE (Ref:9836)
This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 23/04/1990.
Group Items: See Notes,
Group Cat: A,
Map Ref: NX 776 582.
Attributed to Richard Crichton on stylistic grounds. Built circa 1805. Important country house in Adam castellated style, gutted and now roofless but complete to wallhead. Square-plan with round tourelles at each angle, walls slightly ramped. 2-stories over raised ground level basement, with 3 storey advanced centre bays to front elevation giving tower effect. Finely tooled droved red sandstone walling. Built for Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas. Front elevation: 1-3-3-3-1 bays with round towers to outer bays, 3 single light bays and to centre advanced castellated bay with narrow lights in advanced clasping towers flanking recessed wider centre bay. Curved perron stair (now demolished) oversailing raised basement gave access to tripartite entrance with round-arched openings. All ground floor windows round-arched. Flanks have plain single light windows. Garden front: Complex 1-3-3-1 bay arrangement with 3-light bowed bays flanking central 3-light canted bay. Single light windows, formerly sash and case with 12-pane glazing. Band courses over basement and 1st and at 1st floor cills. Corbelled crenellated parapet with diminutive turrets atop each round tower. INTERIOR: mostly destroyed, much brick used for internal walls, brick vaulted basement. Cantilevered oval service stair to left of hall. Fragments of timber panelling, doorpieces and chimneypieces only.
Strongly influence by the Castle style of Robert Adam. All
masonwork of the very highest quality. A group with Gelston
Castle Stables, Coach House and Gatepiers.
Colvin 1978 p241
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