Listed Building

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Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 48149 46267
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Harbour built 1815 from earlier natural harbour, enlarged and improved, 1838, 1842, 1843 and 1854.

Pier and Quays: rubble built with limited concrete patching and copes, recent tarmac quay surfaces, and timber rubbing posts, now mainly of circular cross section. Basically on a Z-plan, with short breakwater (Dumbie Breakwater) and 3 sections of quay. Rubble boundary wall. Breakwater pier has stair inset on re-entrant angle.

Transit shed on SE quay: late 19th century. Single storey with piended roof and open front and sides. Rear wall rubble, incorporating part of boundary wall. Quayside supported on 5 (originally 7) cast-iron columns with moulded capitals and square tops. End columns with moulded capitals and square tops. End column to right replaced by steel joist. Short side walls in brick. Later brick store inserted to rear corner to left. Roof sides felted, front slated, with large graduated slates. Stone ridges, some gone.

Warehouse on centre quay: probably circa 1838. Symmetrical 2-storey, 5-bay rubble with piended roof, prominent ashlar dressings. 2 hoist doors, alternating with windows, projecting above aves level, with open-eaved dormer droofs. Ground floor doors below hoist doors, that on left enlarged and fitted with sliding door. Windows to upper floor square, on lower floor rectangular, all bricked-up except 2 1st floor windows. Roof slated. To left, single storey piended roof extension, with 1 door and 1 window, incorporating section of boundary wall in front wall.

Warehouse to S of SW quay, former Wylie's Mill Office: probably circa 1855. 2-storey, 5-bay rubble, with dressed margins. Gabled roof with 2 hoist doors projecting into gablets with open eaves. Hoist door to left part bricked-up as window, flanked by single windows. Lower level fenestratin to W, now altered with doorway to right of hoist door, 2 windows to left, 2 to right, latter bipartite with timber mullions and tansoms. Hoist door to right with windows to right, door below enlarged, with sliding doors and window to right. Roof gabled, with graduated slates and stone ridges.

BREAKWATER: 1843, battered walls of rubble construction, part ruinous to coastal end, sited at S end of harbour.

Statement of Special Interest

The 1838 pier and breakwater were financed by public subscription and cost ?2,600. The grain mill and its associated silos on the SW quay are not included in current lists. Single storey section in poor condition after damage. The Dumbie Breakwater was built at a cost of ?300: it was, until storm damage in 1960s, neighboured by a cottage to the west named Breakwater Lodge. Ship building was established as a local industry at Garlieston around the natural harbour by 1810.



Ian I Donnachie The industrial Archaeology of Galloway p240. Groome's Gazetteer. THE GALLOVIDIAN, 'Notes on the Parish of Sorbie'. OS Maps, 1860 and 1908. DUMFRIES WEEKLY JOURNAL, April 1815. Information courtesy Gordon Walling.

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.

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