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Conservatory, Newbold House, St Leonard's Road, Forres

A Category B Listed Building in Forres, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6036 / 57°36'13"N

Longitude: -3.5869 / 3°35'12"W

OS Eastings: 305268

OS Northings: 858179

OS Grid: NJ052581

Mapcode National: GBR K8HM.KNJ

Mapcode Global: WH5HB.W44T

Plus Code: 9C9RJC37+F7

Entry Name: Conservatory, Newbold House, St Leonard's Road, Forres

Listing Name: Newbold House, Conservatory and Walled Garden

Listing Date: 23 January 1989

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373040

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31727

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Forres

County: Moray

Town: Forres

Electoral Ward: Forres

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Peter Fulton, architect, Forres, dated 1893. Asymmetrical
gabled house with baronial details; 2-storeys with 3-bay W
entrance front and S facing garden elevation. Bullfaced
rubble, tooled and polished ashlar dressings. Substantial
conservatory abuts E gable.
Advanced and gabled centre bay at W with slightly projecting
square porch; segmental-headed entrance flanked by squat
engaged cluster columns with stiff leaft capitals;
crenellated wallhead with monogrammed plaque inset above
doorway; recessed panelled double leaf doors with wide side
S elevation with projecting ground floor rectangular window
at SW, also with crenellated wallhead; advanced SE gable
fronted by 2-storey projecting bowed windows with bowed
piended stone slab roof and blocked eaves cornice; gablets
break wallhead above 1st floor windows, some with attic
fenestration, others with decorative detailing, all with
carved stone finials. Mullioned and transomed windows with
single-pane plat glass glazing. Coped ridge and wallhead
stacks; slate roofs.
CONSERVATORY: large rectangular aisled conservatory abuts W
gable; projecting centre porch; interior supported by slender
cast-iron cluster columns, centre aisle roof raised,
decorative cast-iron angle braces. Linked to house by doorway
from dining room.
INTERIOR: spacious panelled entrance/stairhall with wooden
cantilivered staircase with panelled dado, turned balusters
and newel posts.
DRAWING ROOM: high white painted panelled dado, wooden
chimneypiece with paired reeded pilasters supporting
mantelshelf, original brass chimneyhood with Art Nouveau
relief decoration, cast-iron grate and tiled slips and front.
DINING ROOM: high wooden panelled dado, all dark wood;
substantial chimneypiece of similar material incorporating
squat Ionic columns and oval bevelled mirror.
WALLED GARDEN: substantial rubble walled garden at rear with
tooled cope. Large greenhouse with decorative ridge
brattishing and abutting boiler house with tall brick

Statement of Interest

Newbold House was built by Colonel John Woodcock. He

inherited the estate of his uncle, John Little of Newbold

Pacey, Warwickshire. Colonel Woodcock was connected with

Forres through his wife's sister, Mrs Macleod of Dalvey.

Colonel Woodcock died in 1919 and his wife, Joanna Margaret,

in 1932, after which the house passed out of the family.

Though dated 1893 the house was probably constructed circa

1900 (it appears, with conservatory on 2nd ed OS 1905). In

1893 the architects Ross and Macbeth of Inverness advertised

for tenders for building Newbold House. However, this plan

does not appear to have materialised, for papers in the

Leask Collection (Leask and Davidson, solicitors who acted

for Col Woodcock, DBA A37/583) include a building contract

dated 1900 referring to plans, elevations, sections and other

detailed drawings and specifications... prepared by Peter

Fulton, Architect, Forres'.

Similar internal detailing at Dalvey (addition also by Peter

Fulton, 1897).

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