Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 24958 87518
224958, 687518


J T Rochead, 1852. Single storey and attic, Jacobethan former lodge to West Shandon House. T-plan with entrance tower in re-entrant angle. Lime-washed rubble with honey-coloured sandstone margins and dressings. Shaped gables; hoodmoulds; quoin strips; blank plaques; decorative finials.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical, advanced bay at centre; shaped gable; canted bay window, sandstone mullions and transoms, half-piended ashlar roof. Slender window at centre of gablehead. Narrow round-headed windows on left return and recessed to left. Door in re-entrant angle to right at foor of tower, segmental-headed with stepped hoodmould, diagonal

buttress; quasi-broached to octagonal turret over, round-headed lancets, continuous hoodmould, cornice, lead ogival roof with finial. Modern flat-roofed addition to S built against former sandstone gatepier, rendered boundary wall curves to right around SW side.

N ELEVATION: flue projecting at centre of gable, off-set with sawtooth coping rising to apex stack.

S ELEVATION: obsured by wall. Advanced block, shaped gable. Stepped tripartite window at ground; single window at gablehead. uPVC windows. Grey slate roof with lead flashings. Broad apex stack on pedestal base, twin diamond-set stacks, that to right truncated. Ashlar coping to skews and bracketted skewputts.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Statement of Special Interest

West Shandon, a Scots Jacobethan house, was built in 1852 by J T Rochead for Robert Napier to house his large art and library collection. An extensive garden with greenhouses and ponds was also built to accommodate his collection of rare plants. Napier died in 1876 and the house was reopened as Shandon Hydropathic. The house was demolished in 1960 and gardens redeveloped as part of the development of the Clyde Submarine Base. The South lodge, apart from the garden wall and bartizan on the Shore Road, is the only remaining structure

relating to the house. It mirrors the Jacobethan design of West

Shandon. The lodge has an unsympathetic addition to the S and is sited directly on the busy service road to the Clyde base and industiral units nearby. The architect J T Rochead was also responsible for the design of Blairvadich which is listed separately.



OS 1st and 2nd edition maps, 1865, 1898. F A Walker & F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p95. F H Groome O S GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND

(1895) Vol vi p335. I M M Macphail A SHORT HISTORY OF DUMBARTONSHIRE (1984) p85, 116. Kerr THE ENGLISH GENTLEMAN'S HOUSE pp.166-181.


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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