Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Renfrewshire
Planning Authority
East Renfrewshire
NS 41326 54246
241326, 654246


Probably early 19th century; remodelling earlier 20th century. 3-bay, 3-storey classical villa with pedimented gables. Rendered with raised and polished ashlar margins; cornices to ground and 1st floor windows.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central door with key-blocked roll-moulded surround; regular fenestration, windows decreasing in height from ground up.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: central half-landing stair windows to 1st and 2nd floors; flanking windows to each floor, as E elevation.

INTERIOR: not seen (2003).

Some remaining timber horned sash and case windows (formerly 12-pane, stair lights with margin-pane glazing). Grey slates; straight skews; corniced ashlar end stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Special Interest

Probably built for the ground keeper of Caldwell estate, the house sits within what was originally a designed landscape. It is perhaps an unusually large estate worker's house but this is no doubt due to the prestige of maintaining the large policies. Caldwell House (Robert and James Adam, 1773, separately listed) was built for William Mure of Caldwell, former MP for Renfrewshire and manager of the Earl of Bute's Scottish estates (Sanderson p89). The former Keeper's House is currently unoccupied and in very poor condition (2003) but remains an important building within the landscape, prominently viewed from the drive leading to Caldwell House. Its design has some elements characteristic of the early 19th century but also many of the earlier 20th century, suggesting remodelling at this date. Davis (above, p195) describes it as 'an elegant little 1920s house with a pediment instead of a gable at each end'. The proportions are classical and the verticality of the building is particularly striking.



'Keeper?s House? marked on John Thomson?s map of 1828. Marked on 1st edition OS map of 1856. Michael C Davis CASTLES AND MANSIONS OF AYRSHIRE (1991) pp193-5. Margaret Sanderson ROBERT ADAM AND SCOTLAND (1992) pp89-90.

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