Tower house ingeniously remodelled and upper floors rebuilt
in double pile arrangement, circa 1605 (datestone) lower
2-storey part of (?15th century) straightforward large
rectangular-plan tower; now 5 storeys. Abandoned by at
least first quarter 19th century, re-roofed (slated), and
restoration in progress 1988. Rubble-built with ashlar
dressings, regularly positioned openings mostly roll-moulded
or chamfered, some with iron grilles. Round-headed door at
E end of N wall (corbel table suggests original entrance at
1st floor, replaced by window) presumably contemporary with
rebuilding (mainly in ashlar) of NE angle to accommodate
Double-ridged roof with crow-stepped twin gables (no
parapets), corbelled bartizans over outer angles have
cable-moulding; stacks over gables and over E and W flank
INTERIOR: 2 lower vaulted floors have massively thick
(9'-10') walls; consoled Renaissance fireplace on 1st floor W
wall, wheel stair in SE angle with prison underneath. Upper
floors of particular interest with full-length central corridor
(spine walls constructed on relieving arches) below roof
gully, with rooms leading off.
Statement of Special Interest
Seat of the Jardines of Applegarth who built Jardine Hall on
the opposite river bank early 19th century.
Double-pile plan is unusual for date. Inventory notes
related stones at Luce (now at Denbie) taken from Spedlins,
one dated 1578, suggesting works about then, one stone
MacGibbon and Ross note similarity of fireplace with one at
Newark Castle, (on the Clyde), also an advanced building
for its date; these fireplaces seem to derive from Serlio's
RCAHM INVENTORY, 1920. No. 446.
MacGibbon and Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE,
vol II, 1877 (1977 reprint) pp. 45-9.
(ed. Masson) General Register House pub. REGISTER OF THE
PRIVY COUNCIL OF SCOTLAND, vol VI, 1884. p.155.
(Order to repair and to dwell in Spedlins, 1600, for improved
policing of border).
NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, P.385.
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