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Bridge Cottage, Culter

A Category C Listed Building in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.5934 / 55°35'36"N

Longitude: -3.5542 / 3°33'15"W

OS Eastings: 302152

OS Northings: 634407

OS Grid: NT021344

Mapcode National: GBR 33MR.BR

Mapcode Global: WH5T1.CNRW

Entry Name: Bridge Cottage, Culter

Listing Date: 24 August 2015

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 405537

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB52360

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Culter

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Parish: Culter

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Mid 19th century with early and late 20th century additions and alterations. Single storey L-plan, 4-bay classically styled cottage sited side on to the road in a small rural grouping adjacent to a small bridge over the Culter Burn. Coursed rubble with sandstone dressings and window surrounds, render to later additions. Advanced gabled bay to left with projecting bipartite stone window with decorative carved stone niche to apex, advanced gabled porch to central bay with small side window and lower recessed rendered bay to later addition at the far right. Small arched attic window to southeast gable.

A variety of timber sash and case windows with multi-pane upper sashes. Lying pane glazing to right window of principal elevation. Non-traditional glazing to later box bay and conservatory to rear. Slate roof with rendered corniced ridge and wallhead stacks with plain clay cans. Cast iron rainwater goods.

The interior of the building was seen in 2015 and there is an unusual internal floor plan to the entrance hall with angled corners leading to the principal rooms. Boarded timber dado panelling to entrance hall and window reveals. Fireplaces and 4-panel timber doors.

Statement of Interest

Bridge Cottage is a mid-19th century rural cottage which may have been built as an estate cottage for Coulter Mains House (see separate listing). The cottage is a distinctive example of estate architecture in the cottage orné style with some good decorative exterior detailing, such as the decorative gable niches, advanced stone bay window and shaped hoodmould. The cottage orné style became popular in Scotland in the first quarter of the 19th century and this rusticated style of cottage architecture stems from the 18th century English Romantic period and is characterised by decoratively carved bargeboarding and ornamentation.

Bridge Cottage is situated in an extended small rural village in which there are several large estate houses such as Coulter Mains House (1838) to the north. The setting of Bridge Cottage is largely unchanged since the mid-19th century and forms a good historic and visual grouping with the adjacent Ladyholme Cottage (see separate listing), which may have been designed by the same architect as the buildings are similarly detailed.

Bridge Cottage appears named on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (surveyed in 1859, published in 1864). This map shows Coulter Mains House with an entrance driveway running due south to the road with no apparent gate lodge. By the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map (surveyed 1896, published 1898) the drive to Coulter Mains House had been rerouted to the southeast with the addition of a gate lodge. Gate lodges were often built in pairs flanking a driveway entrance. It is likely that Bridge Cottage and its neighbour, Ladyholme Cottage, were built as a pair of estate cottages marking the entrance to Coulter Mains House before this later gate lodge was built nearer the house. At present the architect of Bridge Cottage is not known although it may have been William Spence (1806-1883) who designed Coulter Mains House.

Category changed from B to C, statutory address and listed building record revised in 2015. Previously listed as 'Burnside Cottages (2 Dwellings)' with Ladyholme Cottage (see separate listing).

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