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Knock Old Castle

A Category B Listed Building in Largs, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 339158

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB7307

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Largs

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes

Parish: Largs

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

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
roofs.
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.

Statement of Interest

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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