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Former Breachacha Estate Walled Garden Including Former Greenhouse

A Category C Listed Building in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5941 / 56°35'38"N

Longitude: -6.6176 / 6°37'3"W

OS Eastings: 116652

OS Northings: 754235

OS Grid: NM166542

Mapcode National: GBR BC19.3M1

Mapcode Global: WGX9N.9JZ6

Entry Name: Former Breachacha Estate Walled Garden Including Former Greenhouse

Listing Date: 21 May 2008

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399919

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51093

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Coll

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Parish: Coll

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

Later 18th century. Large square-plan walled garden. Large doorway to centre of slightly taller SW wall; small brick arched gateway to NE. Rubble walls with roughly hewn quoins and fine pinnings. Collapsed section to N of NW wall. Former brick based greenhouse with cast-iron brackets and later sheet roofing to NE. Circle of paved stones to centre.

Statement of Interest

The walled garden is a large and relatively early example of an estate garden with very few openings within the expanse of wall. It forms a strong historical grouping with the nearby Breachacha Castles with which it is associated. Several references date the garden to the mid 19th century but Johnson and Boswell make reference to the garden on their visit in 1773 which indicates that it was built around the same time as Breachacha New Castle.

The walled garden was built for the Breachacha Estate. It is a large example of a walled garden, approximately 800m square, with 3m high walls, located 700 metres to the NE of the castle and nestled behind a rocky outcrop which protects it from the weather from the W. It remained in use as a working walled garden with sections for vegetables, soft fruit and orchards, until The Great War, after which point it began to fall into disrepair.

The wall was previously capped in flat cope stones from Rhum but these were removed in the 1960s due to vandalism and decay and replaced with a smooth cement capping.

Garden House is attached to the SW section of the wall. The house, thought to be mid 19th century, has undergone alterations and is of little architectural merit in its own right.

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