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View from SE

SC 769792

Description View from SE

Date c. 1920

Catalogue Number SC 769792

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 11644

Scope and Content Poltalloch House and Gardens, Argyll & Bute, from south-east This shows the two-storeyed main block in the centre and the single-storeyed and attic east block on the right. The south front (left) of the main block has a balustraded cornice at roof level with two curvilinear gables with finials at each side. The east front of this block also has a balustraded cornice at roof level with a projecting entrance block surmounted with a parapet displaying a semicircular armorial panel. There is a three-storeyed clock-tower in the corner between the main block and the single-storeyed east block which has a two-storeyed tower with a domed roof, six dormers and the main arched entrance surmounted with a curvilinear gable. The main block contained, on the ground floor, the library, dining and drawing rooms, where guests were entertained, with family bedrooms on the second floor. The east block contained stables on the ground floor with granaries and bedrooms for the grooms and stable servants in the attic. The clock-tower was used to keep correct time on the estate for servants, before time become standardised with the development of the railways in the late 19th century. William Burn (1789-1870) built Poltalloch House for the Malcolm family between 1849 and 1853 in an English Jacobean style, and William Andrews Nesfield (1793-1881) designed the gardens at the same time. The roof of the house was removed in 1957 when the Malcolms moved to Duntrune Castle and the house has remained a ruin ever since. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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