Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 98837 72761
298837, 572761


Walter Newall. Early 19th century. Symmetrical 2-storey 5-bay bow-fronted country house, single storey flanking wings joined by narrow linking bays. Painted ashlar. West elevation: shallow advanced bows to outer bays each 2 bays, with rusticated quoins; central bay with recessed panelled door, fanlight and sidelight, behind shallow Roman Doric screen. All sash and case windows with 12-paned glazing pattern. 1st floor cill band. Cornice; blocking course over inner bay; end stacks; piended slate roof, curved over bows. Wings each with intersecting tracery in linking bays; 4-bay flanks. Roman-Doric columned shelters on east elevation link central projection to wings.

Interior: cantilevered stair with decorative cast-iron balusters, and lit by cupola; panelled doors in architraves. Gatepiers on drive: (possibly not in original setting) hollow square cast-iron piers with cross-braced ties in lattice pattern and ball-finialed pyramidal caps. Gates and railings also have lattice pattern; former have urn finials. Gatepiers at lodge: corniced round gatepiers linked by curved low quadrant walls (railings removed from latter); all painted ashlar; ball finials removed from tall inner piers; remaining piers with domed caps.

Statement of Special Interest

a fine, little altered and early example of the work of Walter Newall. Newall was the leading and predominant architect in Dumfrieshire between about 1820 and 1860, and although his work was almost entirely confined to Dumfriesshire and Galloway, the quality of his work and ability to design in all the popular styles of the time (from Greek Revival to Picturesque Gothic) indicates that he trained under an architect of considerable importance.

The plans in the Dumfries archive for Netherwood are fairly extensive, and include a beautiful watercoloured front elevation and various alternative schemes for the floor plans. He also designed several other similar houses, including Woodlands (now Embassy Hotel), which is more altered than Netherwood and was built without the side wings, and a house called Broomlands which had a similar floor plan, but has been demolished.



drawings (with various alternative floor plans) in Newall Collection at Dumfries Archive Centre. John Gifford, BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND: DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY (1996), p284.

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