Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Newton Stewart
NX 40862 66400
240862, 566400


John Henderson of Edinburgh, architect, 1834. Classical, symmetrical school incorporating to N older gabled Free School building. 1834 building rectangular plan, single storey and basement with central tower feature, 7 x 3 bays on raised podium. Polished red ashlar to front elevation and details, otherwise squared whinstone rubble.

Main S elevation: raised and projecting podium with steps to each end. Symmetrical 7-bay elevation with wide strip pilasters dividing bays. Central doorway with recessed panelled door with fanlight and pilastered reveals. All windows single light, aproned and with elaborate margined glazing.

Eaves cornice, blocking course, parapet with intermediate die piers, to centre linked by arcaded balustrade. Piended and platformed slate and lead roof.

Tower feature with pilasters at angles rising to die piers, to S inscribed panel below clockface with block pediment over.

To N former Free School, early 19th century, 2-storey and attic with single light windows, sash and case with 4-pane glazing. Rubble with polished red sandstone margins and quoins. To ground, 2 depressed-arch cart archs, now partly blocked with windows inserted.

Statement of Special Interest

The school was endowed by Samuel Douglas of Jamaica who died in 1799, After some delay, the NSA explains, "The Trustees built an excellent house at the north end of Newton Stewart, agreeably to a plan furnished by John Henderson, ESq, architect, Edinburgh on a piece of ground extending to 3 acres; presented to them by the Earl of Galloway, when Lord Garlies".



NSA vol IV (1838) p 191.

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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