Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 19129 74837
319129, 574837


Earlier 19th century. Symmetrical, 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, rectangular plan former manse. Painted random rubble with painted ashlar margins. Moulded cornice with decorative cast iron brackets. Central door with plain fanlight.

INTERIOR: part glazed timber panelled door with sidelights to hallway with decorative etched glass. Marble fireplaces, plaster ceiling roses and moulded cornicing to principal ground floor rooms. Later turned timber staircase.

Plate glass in timber sash and case windows with horns to principal elevation. Some uPVC replacement windows to side and rear elevations. Pitched roof; grey slates in diminishing courses; straight skews; corniced ashlar end stacks with circular clay cans. Cast iron rainwater hopper, inscribed 'WR'.

COACH HOUSE: Single storey, U-plan. Stugged, squared and shecked masonry with droved ashlar dressings. Three square-headed arched openings, timber ledge and brace doors to right opening, timber stable door set within horizontal boarded surround to centre opening. Hipped roof; grey slates in diminishing courses, corniced ashlar ridge stacks. Single Timber stall to interior

Squared rubble boundary wall with droved ashlar semicircular cope to east of courtyard.

Statement of Special Interest

The Firs is a good little altered example of an earlier 19th century vernacular building in Ecclefechan, with good interior features remaining. This property was renamed The Firs. The building retains its original setting and it is an important contribution to the character of the area. Its early date is evidenced by its windows set close to the eaves. The property was constructed as a manse for the United Presbyterian Church; established in Ecclefechan in 1748. Services were initially conducted in the open air until the construction of a thatch-covered church in 1766. The first OS map records the location of the church in front of the manse on the streetline. Small describes the manse as an excellent house, with garden and a small park. In 1864 a new church was constructed, now known as the Johnstone United Presbyterian Church, with a new manse constructed c.1870. A later coach house has been constructed to the rear of the house, and retains a timber stall.

Former list description describes 12-pane glazing pattern.

List description updated 2010



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1862); Small R, History of Congregations of the United Presbyterian Church from 1733 to 1900, Edinburgh, 1904 pp44-46. The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Vol 4 (1834) p295. Gifford, J, The Buildings of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway (1996), p301.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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