Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 33818 68175
333818, 668175


William Burn, 1832-34. Symmetrical dodecahedral conservatory with rich Jacobean detailing, on raised dais over heating chamber. Ashlar. Bays divided by engaged roman Doric Columns. Large window in each bay; door to S, extended from window. Moulded architraves with decorative modillion at centre. Base, lower part of columns and central chimney stack strapworked. Jacobean motifs to capitals and Greek Doric entablature. Shaped strapworked motifs over bays at parapet level. Columns originally surmounted by spiked vases. Originally small-pane glazing pattern in 3-light sash and case windows, 24-pane with 16-pane side-lights; glazing now missing, some astragals remaining and frames largely intact.

INTERIOR: bays divided by pilasters, lower part strapworked.

Modillioned frieze with Jacobean motifs. Encircling stone shelf. Cast-iron trusses of geometric design radiating from central chimney, supporting reamins of wooden frame of glazed roof.

Steps up to terrace from S, W and E; some newels remaining of former strapworked balustrade. Moulded panels to wall to N below terrace level; door to vaulted heating chamber and flanking windows, with bolection-moulded and shouldered architraves.

Statement of Special Interest

The Conservatory was conceived as the centrepiece of W S Gilpin's parterre design, little trace of which now remains. The heating system consisted of two hot-water boilers and furnaces located in the vaulted cellar; the furnaces were directly connected to the main flue within the central chimney. The strapwork is probably derived from Wendel Dietterlin's ARCHITECTURA. The conservatory is currently in a dilapidated condition (1990). A Group - see DALKEITH PARK.



Perspective elevation from Duke of Buccleuch's Collection of Drawings at Drumlanrig, Inventory No 37 (14), copy at NMRS. C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1980) p 161. A Johnstone, "William Burn's Concervatory at Dalkeith Park", ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND JOURNAL 1988 No 15 pp 4-13. C Aslet and M Hall, "Sandon Hall, Staffordshire", COUNTRY LIFE 13 June 1991 pp174-181.

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