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BIRKWOOD HOUSELB7698

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
11/05/1989
Local Authority
South Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
South Lanarkshire
Parish
Lesmahagow
NGR
NS 81154 39329
Coordinates
281154, 639329

Description

19th century large castellated gothic mansion with towers,

turrets and crenellated parapets, 2/3 storeys over basement,

now (1989) a hospital. Several building phases, beginning

with a north-facing Georgian villa (built late 18th/early

19th century) originally free-standing, now part of rear

wing; additions in at least 2 phases, viz 1858 and 1890, the

last by James Thomson of Glasgow. VILLA has 2 storeys over

basement, 3-bay front with advanced centre, originally

classical it has been gothicised, though the modillion eaves

cornice survives on 3 sides; the angled pilaster bases

surviving either side of the door suggest that there was

originally a semi-circular porch; original stair at rear

partly projects from wall. Rubble and ashlar 1858 ADDITION

extends southwards from east wall of villa before returning

west, south front with port-cochere against tower that south

range deepened in plan perhaps c. 1890; centre spine wall

retains original exterior windows; east (garden) front has asymmetrically advanced ends, near centre stair window. Large

1890 WING at west extends southwards; it has cusped-headed

gothic windows at ground (most other openings hood-moulded

and square-headed, many also mullioned) and also has a

full-length spine wall, a long gallery at west. Built of

stugged yellow coursers, polished dressings; plate glass sash

windows; roofs concealed, but mostly slated and leaded.

Interiors are handsome, also gothic; extensive cornice

plasterwork, many ribbed ceilings; 2 main stairs, one with

cast-iron balustrade, the other (at axis with 1890 wing) has

balustrade encased by timber sheeting; leaded glass

(heraldic) window in stair hall below; chimney pieces; many

original lavatory/bathroom fittings. Gated rear courtyard. In

forecourt, 2 massive stone balls which lie within the

curtilage.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly owned by the Mackirdy family.

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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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