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Balker, Lochinch Castle

A Category C Listed Building in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9271 / 54°55'37"N

Longitude: -4.9626 / 4°57'45"W

OS Eastings: 210261

OS Northings: 563175

OS Grid: NX102631

Mapcode National: GBR GH3P.CLL

Mapcode Global: WH2S7.RF15

Plus Code: 9C6QW2GP+RW

Entry Name: Balker, Lochinch Castle

Listing Name: Lochinch Heritage Estate, Balker Farmhouse

Listing Date: 28 January 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394010

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46672

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inch

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Parish: Inch

Traditional County: Wigtownshire

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Late 18th century, with later alterations. 2-storey, 3-bay house with single storey sections to rear and outer right. Painted rubble. Gabled 1st floor windows to N and S elevations; timber gable skews. Painted surrounds to window openings.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: stone steps to central entrance; arched timber lattice porch; glazed timber door; letterbox fanlight; single window aligned above at 1st floor; square stone plaque above; timber finial to gable apex; bracketed timber eaves. Regular fenestration to flanking bays. Single window to lower height section to outer right.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: single bay. Single windows at ground and 1st floor (non-aligned) to right. Small single window to lean-to to left.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: single window to central bowed single storey section; single window within later brick work to right; glazed timber door to left. Single windows flanking at ground floor to main house; 3 single windows at 1st floor (elongated stair window to centre). Timber door to single storey lean-to to outer right; timber door and single window to single storey section to outer left.

Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; stone skews; coped stacks; polygonal cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

Statement of Interest

Steading, farm cottages and ancillary structures to the S of the farmhouse, not included in the listing. Other listings on the Lochinch Heritage Estate include, Balker Lodge, Black Loch Boathouse, Black Stables Cottage, Canal Cottage, Castle Kennedy, Castle Kennedy Bridge, Castle Kennedy gatepiers, gates and boundary walls, Castle Kennedy Lodge, Castle Kennedy Walled Garden, East Lodge, Garden Cottage, Ice House, Kennels, Kennel's House, Kitchen Garden, Lochinch Castle, Lochinch Stable Court, Main Lodge, Main Lodge gatepiers, gates and boundary walls, Old Parish Church, Old Parish Church graveyard, 3 Sundials and White Loch Boathouse. Marked on J Ainslie's Wigton map, 1782 as Balcae, and the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, 1848 as Balkerr. Of particular interest is the bowed single storey section to rear rising at centre to a gablehead stack.

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