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Latitude: 55.9948 / 55°59'41"N
Longitude: -4.696 / 4°41'45"W
OS Eastings: 231950
OS Northings: 681261
OS Grid: NS319812
Mapcode National: GBR 0G.V70P
Mapcode Global: WH2M4.VL05
Plus Code: 9C7QX8V3+WJ
Entry Name: Walled Garden, Camis Eskan House
Listing Name: Colgrain, Camis Eskan, Walled Garden
Listing Date: 1 May 1979
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331673
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1175
Building Class: Cultural
ID on this website: 200331673
County: Argyll and Bute
Electoral Ward: Helensburgh and Lomond South
Traditional County: Dunbartonshire
Tagged with: Walled garden
The walled garden at Camis Eskan first appears on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map (surveyed 1860, published 1862) in the same rectangular footprint as exists today (2022). Its method of construction and its masonry detailing are indicative of an 18th century date, particularly the style of droved ashlar dressings and corner-angle quoins. The internal lean-to structures and the external glasshouses have been ruinous since at least 1979, when the Camis Eskan House, Dovecot, Lodge and Walled Garden were first listed (LB1169, LB1167, LB1138, LB1175).
In our current state of knowledge, we find that the building meets the criteria for listing for the following reasons:
Walled gardens are an important yet common ancillary structure of high-status country houses or smaller houses within substantial landholdings. Surviving examples range in date from the 16th to the 20th centuries, with the majority dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. The walled kitchen and fruit garden was particularly important in Scotland where a harsh climate and unfavourable growing conditions prevailed. Hardy crops were generally grown in the open areas of the garden, fruit trees trained up the walls, and heated glasshouses were used to grow more delicate and exotic produce. By the early 19th century walled gardens were increasingly located further away from the house as was previously common when defensive nature of buildings was still a consideration. The construction of walled gardens declined after the Second World War as produce became more accessible through imports.
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