Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NN 8868 8561
208868, 708561


Attributed to William Adam, 1747-8; gate added 1803. Roughly square-plan, pedimented Classical well-house set into hillside. Droved chlorite schist ashlar masonry with polished and vermiculated dressings. Deep plinth; eaves course. Principal elevation to SE: broad, round-arched opening with channelled, vermiculated voussoirs; blocked, ball-finialed pediment above. Barrel-vaulted interior containing basin hewn from rocky outcrop; paved floor with serpentine over-flow channel. Stone slab roof. 18th century incised graffiti to walls, including date of 1757.

Statement of Special Interest

A fine, mid 18th century Classical well house, enclosing a natural spring. It was built for the Inveraray estate and is attributed to William Adam (see RCAHMS Inventory), the leading Scottish architect of the period. Drawings indicate that it was originally enclosed by a semicircular forecourt; this was probably removed under the direction of Robert Milne in 1785. The gate was added in 1803 and was made by Robert Napier, the estate blacksmith. From about 1774 the water was piped down to supply Inveraray New Town.



RCAHMS Inventory, Argyll, Volume 7, no 186.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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