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KNOCK CASTLE AND GARDEN PAVILION BLOCK AND GATEPIERS TO EASTLB7306

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
14/04/1971
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
Parish
Largs
NGR
NS 19404 62998
Coordinates
219404, 662998

Description

J T Rochead of Glasgow, architect. Built 1851-2. Tudor

Gothic mansion extended to east, in similar style 1908,

Fryers and Penman of Largs, architects. Stugged yellow

ashlar coursers with polished dressings. 2 storeys, over

raised and battered basements, 3-storey square entrance

tower to north with octagonal angle turret rising above.

Square-headed windows, mostly mullioned and hood-moulded,

perpendicular tracery at ground floor, cusped lights above;

string between floors; corbelled parapet. West elevation:

articulated by castellated bays; Tudor-arched door in tower

at left, with corbelled oriel above; 2 inner bays flanked

by wider machicolated and crenellated bays, imitating

square towers and each with projecting ground floor window;

additional narrow bay to right.

Narrow symmetrical 3-bay south elevation has central

2-storey canted window rising from ground and corbelled at

1st floor with crenellated parapet; flanking windows.

Asymmetrical east elevation has several roof levels; glazed

canopy over door; grouped diamond stacks, 1 tall octagonal

stack with crenellations; roof hidden by parapet. 1908

addition (to right) 2 storeys, 2 bays.

Interior: Tudor-arched panelled doors; rib-vaulted porch;

some chimney pieces with decorative Gothic detailing: large

3-light leaded glass 2nd floor window on east wall.

Ashlar garden terrace wall extends south from steps beside

house to square-plan, single storey pavilion block with

battered plinth; blind pointed doorway to west; tripartites, hood-moulded, with round-headed lights; corbelled and

crenellated parapet with mock machicolations.

Octagonal-plan gatepiers to east; red ashlar; raised facetted

domed caps; decorative wrought-iron gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Robert Steele, merchant in Greenock (initials and

crest in parapets).

References

Bibliography

NMRS

Copies of some plans and elevations; photographs.

A H Millar CASTLES AND MANSIONS OF AYRSHIRE, 1885

Ayrshire Northern District Committee Minutes 1908.

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