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Former Stable Block, Balfunning House

A Category C Listed Building in Drymen, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.0752 / 56°4'30"N

Longitude: -4.3965 / 4°23'47"W

OS Eastings: 250938

OS Northings: 689515

OS Grid: NS509895

Mapcode National: GBR 0T.P891

Mapcode Global: WH3N1.FKPK

Plus Code: 9C8Q3JG3+3C

Entry Name: Former Stable Block, Balfunning House

Listing Name: Balfunning House, Former Stable Block (East and West Stables)

Listing Date: 30 October 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396507

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48995

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Drymen

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Forth and Endrick

Parish: Drymen

Traditional County: Stirlingshire

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Probably James Thomson of Baird and Thomson of Glasgow, 1883-84. Single storey and attic; U-plan; former stable block (now flats); built around courtyard. Main gables crowtepped (with beaked skewputts). Coursed slightly rockfaced sandstone droved at arrises with droved ashlar dressings; W side harled. Eaves cornice; chamfered surrounds to windows.

MAIN BLOCK: S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical 5-bay arrangement. Breaking-eaves gabled bay with crested ball finial to centre; round-arched window to gable; segmental-headed carriage entrance with roll-moulded architrave below. Gabled ball-finialled breaking-eaves dormer with moulded coping with roll-like skewputts to each of flanking bays; pair of small flanking segmental-headed windows below to each.

N ELEVATION: 4-bay. Blank projecting gable ends of wings to outer flanking bays (that to right shorter); right return of that to left largely altered with late 20th century boarded timber infill above larged glazed area (2-leaf door and large flanking bipartites); window (formerly entrance to right); entrance with double roll-moulded surround to left return of right gabled bay; 2-leaf boarded timber door; rectangular 2-light fanlight above main architrave; re-used lintel inscribed 'A.B.1723.HC'; window to left; breaking-eaves corniced segmental-headed dormer to left. Breaking-eaves gabled bay with with crested ball finial set back slightly to left of centre; round-arched window to gable; chamfered segmental-headed carriage entrance below (entrance with late 20th century part-glazed replacement door to both inner returns of pend). Window to right.

E ELEVATION: near central entrance with segmental-headed timber lintel and segmental-headed fanlight with stone lintel; panelled timber door; 2-light rectangular fanlight above. Gabled bay to left; 2 windows to ground floor; segmental-headed attic window centred above. 2 windows to outer right; breaking-eaves dormer (probably formerly hayloft pitching door; lower part now infilled with boarded timber) with crowstepped gable centred above.

W ELEVATION: gabled bay to right; large inserted/enlarged window to left of ground floor; segmenteal-headed window centred above. Window to left of ground floor; breaking-eaves dormer (probably formerly hayloft pitching door; lower part now infilled with boarded timber) with crowstepped gable above.

Mainly 4 and 6-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roofs. Coped rendered gablehead stacks to E and W; round cans. Original cast-iron rainwater goods to S side.

BLOCK TO N: S ELEVATION: 3-bay. Former large segmental-headed entrance to left partially infilled with boarded timber; glazed 2-leaf replacement door. Large inserted 2-bay garage opening to right. Window above to each bay (that to centre larger).

W ELEVATION: 2 windows to each floor to gable end (that to right of ground floor smaller).

E ELEVATION: central window to ground and 1st floors (that to 1st floor larger).

W ELEVATION: blank. Multipane timber casements to S; elsewhere mianly 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof. Coped gablehead stack to W; round cans.

INTERIORS: not inspected (1999).

Statement of Interest

B Group with Balfunning House and East and West Lodges and Entranceways. A smart slightly altered late 19th century stable block. Probably by James Thomson, who designed the main house in 1883-84. It first appears on the 1898 OS Map. The later rectangular-plan block to the N is not included in the listing (it first appears on the 1918 OS map).

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