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High Williamshaw

A Category A Listed Building in Stewarton, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.7032 / 55°42'11"N

Longitude: -4.484 / 4°29'2"W

OS Eastings: 244007

OS Northings: 648326

OS Grid: NS440483

Mapcode National: GBR 3H.FMRV

Mapcode Global: WH3PR.3X16

Plus Code: 9C7QPG38+7C

Entry Name: High Williamshaw

Listing Name: Old Glasgow Road, High Williamshaw, Including Outbuilding

Listing Date: 3 July 1980

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352552

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18496

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stewarton

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Annick

Parish: Stewarton

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Circa 1771, extended 1862. Symmetrical 2-storey and attic, crowstepped, 3-bay house with later single-storey wings to rear (N), forming U-plan courtyard. Fusion of classical and traditional detailing. Painted with raised ashlar margins and quoins. Base course, cill course, eaves course. Nepus gable with single window and gablehead stack. Small attic windows to gables.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: PRINCIPAL ELEVATION: to S. Central Venetian doorpiece with key-stoned semicircular arch above and 2-leaf timber panelled entrance door with glazed interior doors. Central 3-bay section with flanking 2-bay single-storey wings with false Venetian windows and initials TLD on door lintel to right.

WINGS TO REAR: single-storey, with slatted timber garage doors, window and door openings.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Coped gablehead stacks.

OUTBUILDING: to W. Single-story, double-gabled rubble, slated outbuilding with pigeon holes to each gable.

INTERIOR: (seen 2008). Renovated in 1980, keeping largely original room plan and with some original features retained. Horseshoe staircase with timber balusters and banister. Some original simple plaster cornicing.

Statement of Interest

This distinctive, well-detailed, classical house has fine external features and is an excellent example of a late 18th century gentleman's house. The classical symmetrical proportions are typical of Scottish laird's houses in the late 18th century and the addition of the nepus gable adds to the grandeur and interest of the front fa├žade. The deep space above the upper storey windows identifies the attic space, which is lit, in typical fashion, by small gable windows. The addition of the side wings, forming a U-plan to the rear of the property turned the house into a typical Ayrshire farm plan.

The house was built originally for a Lt Col T L Donaldson who had connections with the Royal Artillery and army and whose initials are seen on the door lintel of the RHS wing. It appears on the 1775 Armstrong Map as Whitlaw. The house was then extended for the family in 1862 with the offices wings. In a bad state of repair in the 1980s, it was comprehensively restored.

List description updated as part of Stewarton resurvey, 2009.

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