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CULLEN HOUSE WALLED GARDEN, GARDENERS' COTTAGES, REAR WALLED GARDEN AND GARDEN HOUSELB15521

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
22/02/1972
Local Authority
Moray
Planning Authority
Moray
Parish
Rathven
NGR
NJ 50349 65605
Coordinates
350349, 865605

Description

WALLED GARDEN: James Playfair, 1788. Large rectangular walled

garden. Brick walls, random rubble to outer face of N wall

only, polished ashlar copes, angle pilasters and stacks

serving wall flues.

Pair round-headed entrances in N wall flanked by series of

lean-to bothies and former boiler houses. No corresponding

glass houses now front S aspect of wall but wallhead crowned

by coped stacks. Similar dummy coped stacks form angle

wallhead finials.

Substantial gap slapped in centre of E wall.

Square-headed pedestrian gate with ashlar jambs and

double-leaf doors in W wall serving Garden House.

GARDENERS' COTTAGES AND SMALL REAR WALLED GARDEN: earlier

19th century, pair single storey, 4-bay cottages (possibly

each cottage originally 2 dwellings) set at slight angle one

to another and linked by curved S wall of small rectangular

walled garden at rear.

E COTTAGE: single storey, back to back with mirrored similar

size block parallel at rear. Whitewashed; off-centre entrance

masked by modern small flat-roofed porch. Segmental-headed

lintels to 4 front windows; 3 windows in rear elevation,

enlarged in outer bays. 12-pane glazing. Coped end stacks;

slate roofs; stone ridges.

W COTTAGE: as at E but without parallel rear block. Harl

pointed rubble, tooled rubble dressings; off centre entrance

(without porch). End stacks; slate roof; stone ridge.

Each end of rear walled garden returns to finish opposite NE

and NW angles of main garden divided by roadway, the gaps

flanked by simple square ashlar gatepiers.

GARDEN HOUSE: dated 1869 possibly A and W Reid, Elgin, sited

at W side of main walled garden and with modern E wing

breaking wall to give onto garden. 2-storey house of varying

roof heights with modern 2-storey wing at rear. Harled,

tooled ashlar margins and dressings. Symmetrical 3-bay W

front with slightly advanced and gabled centre bay with

hoodmoulded entrance with datestone above; flanking

hoodmoulded windows.

N and S return gables with single ground and 1st floor

windows; single storey 3-bay wing at rear together with

modern 2-storey wing breaking into walled garden with

projecting canted window rising full-height. Mainly 12-pane

glazing. Shaped skewputts; fleurs-di-lis stone finials; slate

roofs; stone ridges.

Statement of Special Interest

Walled gardens no longer cultivated.

Datestone above door of Garden House carved with Earl's

coronet and S (for Seafield) with 1869 date. Main walled

garden appears to have been heightened by between 1' and 2'.

Gardeners' cottages so grouped that they front 'village

green' and the principal working centre of the walled garden,

the boiler houses, bothies etc.

References

Bibliography

James, Playfair, JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE, National Library of

Scotland.

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