Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 30861 90074
330861, 590074


Built 1860. Rural library with major book collection.

Building has simplified Gothic detailing to openings.

Rectangular-plan; single storey; 3 bays (bipartite windows);

tall 2-light S gable window with cinquefoil; recessed low

reading room to N with gabled porch projecting E from

re-entrant angle (timber shouldered opening and barge-

boards), east-facing tripartite alongside. Squared and

snecked bull-nosed ashlar with contrasting dressings.

Coped end stack; roofs covered with graded slates.

INTERIOR: fitted timber bookshelves line wall (books mostly

uniformly bound and embossed "Telford's legacy") 2

freestanding bookcases; ornate cast-iron stove; exposed

roof timbers, pointed doorways linking rooms flank

fireplace in N reading room.

Set behind low rubble-built and ashlar-coped wall with

spear-head cast-iron railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Library was established 1793 (some references give date as

1795); OLD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (vol XI, p.527) (pub.1794)

records its formation for the benefit of the antimony mine

workers at Jamestown Glendinning by a grant of ?15 for books "some months ago"

from the mining company; at that time the collection

numbered 120 volumes.

Thomas Telford, a native of Westerkirk, bequeathed a

substantial sum to this library.

Groome (circa 1893) gives the collection as 6000 volumes.




Groome Gazetteer, n.d. 2nd ed. vol IV p.480.

SCOTLAND'S MAGAZINE vol 70, no 1, Jan 1974

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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