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Hoddom Castle

A Category A Listed Building in Cummertrees, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.044 / 55°2'38"N

Longitude: -3.3222 / 3°19'20"W

OS Eastings: 315609

OS Northings: 572966

OS Grid: NY156729

Mapcode National: GBR 5B73.JN

Mapcode Global: WH6XZ.YH51

Plus Code: 9C7R2MVH+J4

Entry Name: Hoddom Castle

Listing Name: Hoddom Castle with Fosse Bridge and Driveway Bridge to South

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334634

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3558

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200334634

Location: Cummertrees

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale South

Parish: Cummertrees

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Large asymmetrical mansion, nucleus a fine L-plan 16th

century tower house, main (S) courtyard W walls, gateway and

turrets largely 17th century; circa 1826 additions by William

Burn to S and to W of tower largely demolished circa 1970;

extensive neo-Jacobean 1, 2 and 3-storey additions to N and

to W built 1878-1891 (dated throughout), some, at least, by

Wardrop and Anderson circa 1886; additions mainly comprising

open stable court, service ranges to N beyond: now run as a

holiday centre for caravan park; tower is abandoned. Small

driveway bridge to S (above fosse bridge) possibly 17th/18th


TOWER: various alterations particularly at upper level and

to interior; fantastic skyline probably 18th century. 4

storeys with attic and corbelled parapets, jamb corbelled 2

storeys higher with conical roofed bartizans and 19th century

cap-house; parapet encloses slated and crow-stepped-gabled

main roof. Massively thick red ashlar walls, openings mostly roll-moulded: deep raggles and door slappings where later

ranges abutted. Rope-moulded doorway in re-entrant angle;

wide horizontal gunports at ground; some upper floor windows


INTERIOR: vaulted ground floor; spacious turnpike within

jamb (narrower at upper floors); central partition wall at

each level; some mural chambers.

MAIN COURTYARD: (to S and W of tower) W wall with 2-storey

drum turret at either end, that to N 17th century (upper part

rebuilt circa 1975) and vaulted at ground; roll-moulded wide segmental-arched gateway with ball finials and bellcote all

probably 17th century; gateway to S and castellated

Tudor-arched fosse bridge all probably by Burn. All rubble

and ashlar.

19TH CENTURY ADDITIONS: mostly stugged red ashlar with

polished dressings; some mullioned windows; corbelled

parapets, raised over gables. Tall gabled bay to N of tower

(with shaped and finialled skews) probably by Burn;

corresponding (1889) bay to N linked by (1889) stable (now a

bar) with cast-iron columned shelter to court: latter walled

at W, 2-storey blocks flanking gate, with dummy

machicolations, also by Burn. Service ranges to N mostly

single storey, in similar style and dated 1891.

DRIVEWAY BRIDGE: short segmental arch over stream; all

rubble-built; widened, probably circa 1826.

Statement of Interest

Category A for quality of tower.

Additions by Burn for General Sharpe of Hoddom; later work

for Brook of Huddersfield who purchased Hoddom in 1877.

Requisitioned by the military, and since unoccupied.

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