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Bowerswell Lane, Bowerswell Summerhouse, Including Greenhouse and Boundary Wall

A Category C Listed Building in Perth, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.3985 / 56°23'54"N

Longitude: -3.4189 / 3°25'8"W

OS Eastings: 312517

OS Northings: 723817

OS Grid: NO125238

Mapcode National: GBR 1Z.0ZV4

Mapcode Global: WH6QC.GF5P

Entry Name: Bowerswell Lane, Bowerswell Summerhouse, Including Greenhouse and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 21 July 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394651

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47282

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Perth

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Perth City Centre

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Earlier-mid 19th century; greenhouse early 20th century. Single storey summerhouse with greenhouse and boundary wall adjoining. Summerhouse, handmade red brick with brick dressings; greenhouse yellow brick base, timber glazing bars.

SUMMERHOUSE: adjoining and backing on to rubble boundary wall; entrance to SW; pointed-arched doorway to centre, 2-leaf panelled timber door with glazed upper panels, fanlight above; narrow pointed-arched timber windows flanking to left and right; greenhouse adjoining to right (see below). Timber glazing; cruciformplan slate roof with lead ridges.

Interior: boarded timber walls below dado, remainder plastered; decoratively panelled timber doors; cast-iron fireplace with timber surround; groin-vaulted ceiling with decoratively moulded ribs, foliate rose to apex.

GREENHOUSE: adjoining summerhouse to SE; brick base course; glazed walls, with round-arched glazing pattern and blue glass spandrels; pointed-arched roof.

Interior: terracotta tiles to floor.

BOUNDARY WALL: tall rubble boundary wall, with flat coping.

Statement of Interest

The land on which the summerhouse and greenhouse are built originally belonged to the nearby Bankhead House (see separate listing), although it is thought that at a later date it may have passed into the ownership of Rosebank House. William Mackenzie (1797-1856), the Perth architect, is thought to have lived in Bankhead House, and may have been responsible for designing the summerhouse, although there is no firm evidence to support this. The plasterwork in the summerhouse appears to date from the 1870's, at which time Pullar of Perth bought and extended Rosebank House, perhaps taking over the summerhouse and refurbishing it. The cruciform-plan roof and highly decorative gothic plasterwork of the summerhouse interior are of especially noteworthy, the adjoining greenhouse also survives in remarkably good condition.

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