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Irvine Road, Annanhill House, Walled Garden

A Category C Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.6085 / 55°36'30"N

Longitude: -4.5182 / 4°31'5"W

OS Eastings: 241474

OS Northings: 637867

OS Grid: NS414378

Mapcode National: GBR 3F.MRZ9

Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.K9P8

Entry Name: Irvine Road, Annanhill House, Walled Garden

Listing Date: 1 August 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396206

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48737

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Early 19th century. Square walled garden on hillside with canted corners and arch stepped walls. Entrance door to centre of each wall. Red brick hot walls with ashlar copes, some grey brick walls, coursed ashlar walls to canted corners with droved ashlar dressings, ashlar angle quoins with droved margins.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: stone wall with arch stepped raised centre, pointed and harled marking previous site of lean-to glasshouse; coursed sandstone walls to flanks. Remnants of low wall built into grass bank to NW with saddleback ashlar copes.

SW ELEVATION: stone walls with central canted brick angle wall, doorway with ashlar long and short quoins and droved margins.

SE ELEVATION: steps leading to later central entrance, square red brick piers with concrete lintel, later timber door, lower red brick walls with flat stone copes flanked by canted ashlar walls with flat stone copes.

NE ELEVATION: stone walls with canted brick angle wall, doorway with ashlar long and short quoins and droved margins.

INTERIOR: formal gardens on 2 levels divided into 4. Central path leading to flight of stone steps, further path leading around perimeter of garden. 4 lawned rectangles with formal flowerbeds laid out in each. Platform where lean-to glasshouse used to stand to NW of garden.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Annanhill House. Originally the walled garden of the Annanhill House estate. The house has been renovated into luxury flats after a period as the council owned clubhouse for a golf course. Although the golf course remains in existence, there is a new "stable" type development of flats by Nicholas Groves-Raines adjacent to the house. The walled garden was part of the landscape of the house (started approximately 1796). The garden appears on the first Ordnance Survey map along with the house and the original stables, although they predate this. The square walled garden has chamfered angle walls and internally it is divided into quarters, separated by formal paths. Being set on a hillside, the walls are arched stepped to keep the line of the garden wall as fluid as possible. The glasshouse stood on the interior of the NW elevation and was made from timber. This was south facing and regarded as the hot wall of the garden. The council run nursery lies to the SE and the walled garden is still in use and remains in good condition.

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