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Southwick Home Farm

A Category A Listed Building in Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.8958 / 54°53'44"N

Longitude: -3.6595 / 3°39'34"W

OS Eastings: 293667

OS Northings: 556930

OS Grid: NX936569

Mapcode National: GBR 2CWT.JS

Mapcode Global: WH5XG.R6KP

Entry Name: Southwick Home Farm

Listing Date: 28 May 1981

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334852

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3723

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Colvend and Southwick

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Abbey

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire

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Description

Now mainly late 19th century with early 20th-century

improvements, some earlier work incorporated. Large and

complex farm steading with water-powered mill, dairy and

cheese production complex.

Mill: Large 2-storey rectangular rubble built piend roofed

mill with granite quoins and margins. Cast-iron breast-shot

rim-drive wheel, approximately 15ft diameter, with timber

buckets. Wheel once used to power threshing mill, feed

chopper and in early 20th-century milking machine; all

internal machinery now gutted. Mill pond to N and lade remain

intact.

Farmhouse and cheese lofts: to NE of mill, U-plan grouping of

buildings. 2 separate ranges of building, both tall 2-storey

(N range built into slope of ground so appears lower), all

rubble built.

N range: L-plan with 3 steam boilers to ground left, pipes

duct steam to long cheese loft above. External steps to loft

door in E gable; 6 regularly placed openings to N elevation

with slotted shutters. Byre to ground with some altered

openings to S. Slate roofs, flat skews.

S range: farmhouse refaced and extended to E to give more

loft space in 1914. To left symmetrical 3-bay farmhouse,

bipartite windows with rendered brick margins, sash and case

windows with 12-plan glazing. Panel dated 1914 over central

door. To right, range extended circa 1914, tiled dairy rooms

to ground, cheese lofts above with 1st floor having steam

ducted from earlier boiler range to N by metal pipe. Slate

roofs, axial stacks to house, end skews with brick skewputts. Round-ended barn: to SW of mill. Late 18th/early 19th century construction with apse-ended wall to E. Rough rubble walling,

good graded slate roof. The ground level has altered

considerably, the barn now fronts a modern cattle court.

Statement of Interest

The buildings at Southwick Home farm are unusually large,

carefully planned and well preserved among Stewartry

steadings. The mill building is large and the wheel

preserved, the presence of the lade and mill-pond is also

important.

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