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Knockbrex Bathing House Including Castellated Former Store to Se

A Category B Listed Building in Borgue, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.815 / 54°48'53"N

Longitude: -4.2087 / 4°12'31"W

OS Eastings: 258170

OS Northings: 548914

OS Grid: NX581489

Mapcode National: GBR HHZZ.GXB

Mapcode Global: WH4WG.B73M

Entry Name: Knockbrex Bathing House Including Castellated Former Store to Se

Listing Date: 23 April 1990

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334434

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3395

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Borgue

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Dee and Glenkens

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire

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Description

Post 1915. Built for James Brown of Knockbrex. Picturesque grotto-bathing house situated 1/2m SE of Knockbrex House. Symmetrical rectangular-plan building, single storey with corbel eaves course, castellated parapet. Rubble-faced concrete, roofless 1988 due to fire.

Advanced centre bay with round-arched door, flanking oculi. Side elevations have wide rectangular windows. Internally, symmetrical ground-plan with round-arched fireplace to N wall flanked by changing cubicles.

CASTELLATED STORE: coursed random rubble former store (see notes) to SE with single doorway and battlemented parapet.

Statement of Interest

James Brown was a wealthy Manchester merchant, chairman of the retail and wholesale drapery firm of Affleck and Brown. He retired to Knockbrex and began an extensive building programme on the house and estate from 1895 until his death in 1920. Apart from Knockbrex House itself which is comparatively sober in design, the other estate buildings are characterised by a stylistic individuality bordering on the idiosyncratic, and always a careful attention to detail using the highest quality materials. For other estate buildings see separate listings for Corseyard, Kirkandrews Chapel, Kirkandrews Cottages, Chapelton Row, Knockbrex.

The small castellated building on axis with the door of the bathing house is similar to some larger timber stores located near Knockbrex House (see separate listing) and some evidence remains of an iron grille which may indicate it was used as a small store. It may also have been in use as a cover for a spring although little evidence of this now remains. Whilst in use for either of these functions it possibly also formed the base for a flagpole. It is a good example of the imaginative patronage of the estate by James Brown during the early twentieth century, with architectural ideas applied to items of otherwise functional design and use. It is an interesting integral component of the estate's ancillary structures and was clearly designed with the function as a secondary concern to its role in creating a vista from the bathing house.

List description updated to include former store 2009.

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