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Date Added
Local Authority
North Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
North Lanarkshire
NS 78064 53052
278064, 653052


James Gillespie Graham, 1819 (roofless, interior totally gutted by fire). 2-storey with sunk basement, 9-bay, symmetrical, rectangular-plan, Tudor revival priory-style mansion house. Buttressed crocketed pinnacles and gabled central block with porte cochere, flanking wings with octagonal corner towers. Yellow ashlar sandstone. Base course, cill band to upper storey, corbelled cornice; stugged hoodmoulds to openings, pointed arch windows to ground floor, rectangular windows to upper floor.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: porte cochere to central block with architraved Tudor arch entrance flanked with paired engaged colonnettes; similar opening to returns; balustrade and roof missing. Off-set diagonal buttresses with missing pinnacles, flanking gabled central block, multifoil oculi to crossgable above 4-light Tudor arch window with loop tracery. Flanking double bays, terminating in 3-stage, castellated towers with arrow slits.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: mirror of N except: advanced canted bay to ground of central block below large square window; rectangular panels flanking the oculus window, pinnacles to butresses intact, wall to left bays ruinous; larger octagonal tower to left corner.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: 4-bay, symmetrical, 2 bays to centre, bay to right slightly recessed, octagonal corner towers with doorways, large arrow slits and cross arrow slits.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: 3-bay, asymmetrical; narrow single bay to centre, octagonal tower to left; advanced canted bay to right terminating in large octagonal tower with bipartite segmental arch windows to 3rd stage.

Windows and roofing destroyed.

INTERIOR: totally gutted by fire.

Statement of Special Interest

Built on the site of the 17th century Cambusnethan House as a mock Priory for the Lockhart of Castlehill family it was set in large and beautiful grounds of which there is no remains today. The gardens are also noted in the New Statistical Account for their beauty. The house was used for mock medieval banquets in the 1970s but was more recently burnt out and is now used as an illegal rubbish dump. It is on the Buildings at Risk Register. Gillespie Graham was prolific in the production of Tudor/Gothic mansions in this area in the first part of the nineteenth century also remodelling nearby Wishaw, Coltness House and Allanton House, all now ruinous. He was also responsible for Inchyre and Crawford Priory in Fife, in similar vein.

Up-graded 30 August 1991.



NMRS/StMW. Groome's GAZETTEER, p225. NSA, p615.

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