Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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