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Latitude: 55.8273 / 55°49'38"N
Longitude: -4.8858 / 4°53'8"W
OS Eastings: 219337
OS Northings: 663110
OS Grid: NS193631
Mapcode National: GBR 30.5SD8
Mapcode Global: WH2MT.XSLK
Entry Name: Knock Old Castle
Listing Date: 14 April 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 339158
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB7307
Building Class: Cultural
County: North Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes
Traditional County: Ayrshire
2 lintels of 1603 and 1604 may date building. Repaired and
altered 1853 (dated). Rectangular-plan 3-storey and
attic tower (now reduced in size) (ragged wall fragments to
east); screen wall, formerly part of a courtyard, extends
south from tall, conical-roofed, circular angle turret.
All rubble-built with ashlar dressings. Tower house has
round-headed doorway on south wall, and single roll-moulded
window at each level, dovecot in dormer head. Moulded eaves
cornice; crowstepped gables and coped end stacks. Slate
Single light at each level above ground to west gable
and west elevation of angle turret; latter entered by
segmental-arched east-facing door; door above opens onto
parapet walkway of screen wall; doorway, 3 circular hand-gun
ports and 2 slits to west (outer) face of latter; corbelled
and crenellated parapets above linked to conical-roofed
corbelled round turret at south.
J T Rochead designed the nearby new Knock Castle circa
1852, and so may also have been responsible for the
alterations to this building.
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