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Folly, Rockfort, 154 Clyde Street East, Helensburgh

A Category B Listed Building in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.9982 / 55°59'53"N

Longitude: -4.7161 / 4°42'58"W

OS Eastings: 230709

OS Northings: 681691

OS Grid: NS307816

Mapcode National: GBR 0F.V2HX

Mapcode Global: WH2M4.JHFK

Plus Code: 9C7QX7XM+7G

Entry Name: Folly, Rockfort, 154 Clyde Street East, Helensburgh

Listing Name: 154 Clyde Street East, Rockfort and Folly

Listing Date: 30 June 1993

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 379087

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34741

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200379087

Location: Helensburgh

County: Argyll and Bute

Town: Helensburgh

Electoral Ward: Helensburgh Central

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

Tagged with: Folly

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1849. 2-storey and attic, 4-bay gabled Tudor revival roughly L-plan villa. Harled with ashlar dressings, painted. Base and cill courses; ashlar mullioned windows; raised margins; chamfered reveals; hoodmoulds; quoin strips; decorative bargeboarded gables.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2 bays to centre advanced and gabled, projecting doorpiece to left bay with stop-chamfered angles and corbelled cornice; Tudor-arched doorway and fanlight, ddeply chamfered and moulded reveals, 2-leaf panelled doors, modern glazed vestibule door. Window to right.

2 windows above at 1st floor. Small bipartite attic window to centre of gablehead. Recessed bays flanking with window to ground and 1st floors. W (SIDE) ELEVATION: gabled return, blank at ground, 2 windows at

1st floor (window to right blinded). Small bipartite window above to centre of gablehead.

E ELEVATION: gabled return with 2 widely spaced bays at ground and

1st floor, small bipartite window above to centre of gablehead. Single storey flat-roofed wing abutting with panelled door to N elevation.

N ELEVATION: canted window at ground to outer left, window above at

1st floor. 2-storey wing to right, detailed with gabled bays and windows similarly arranged as main block.

Sash and case windows mostly with 8-lying panes to lower sash and 8-pane to upper sash, some replacement windows. Grey slate roof; fine display of tall polygonal corniced stacks in groups of 3 and 4.

INTERIOR: corniced ceiling; iron balustered stair.

FOLLY: picturesque 3-bay rectangular-plan folly abutting walled garden to E of driveway. Rubble, ashlar dressings. W entrance elevation; pointed-arch doorway to centre, pointed-arch windows flanking.


Statement of Interest

Rockfort Lodge, boundary wall and gatepiers are listed separately

below. Rockfort house is possibly derived from the Tudor revival villas in J C Loudon's An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture (published 1853). The folly is reputed to have been used as a resting place for coffins being transported by water to nearby Helensburgh cemetery, having been landed on a jetty to the rear of the villa.

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