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Report - Dunmore House - Airth - July 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by bluelikewoah, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. bluelikewoah

    bluelikewoah 28DL Full Member
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    So, here goes it for my first report. Apologies for the shit iphone photos – My camera charger was back home in Derby.

    I visited Dunmore House whilst gallivanting round the Scottish Countryside. Visited with non-members in the pouring rain, which I think made this place look a lot more eerie.
    Lots of history around for this little gem which sits just outside Airth in Dunmore Park, the ancestral homes and land of the Earls of Dunmore which includes Dunmore House itself, The Pineapple (which is pretty cool architecturally) and the gardens.

    Most of it has now been redeveloped in to summer houses and a public park, however the ruins of the actual house still stand a short northerly walk from the development.
    The 5th Earl of Dunmore had architect William Wilkins Build Dunmore Mansion in 1820 and in 1822 this sprawling mansion of stone was completed in all it’s glory. Occupied by the Earl and his family until 1911, changing ownership but remaining a private home until 1961. The house was then briefly used as an all-girls school until 1964 when it was abandoned.

    The estate was split up around 1968 with the walled garden and Pineapple being purchased by the Earl and Countess of Perth, who later gifted it to the National Trust for Scotland.
    The house was purchased by a farmer at this point, who turns over its land to agriculture.

    The house was previously subject to an application to demolish however permission was not granted, the owner was (apparently) subsequently fined and served with a Listed Building Enforcement Notice.
    A partial demolition did take place in 1972, and much of the original Tudor-Gothic detail was removed along with the roof.
    Due to the extent of the ruin, the cellars and first floor are partially accessible, however the 2nd and 3rd floor are not. Unfortunately, I haven’t got any pictures of the cellars as my iPhone was incapable of taking a decent shot.

    In 1987 Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent were again sought for the house's demolition. Since then, there have been applications to turn the area in to housing estates, golf courses, artificial fishing lakes and even shopping centres. The constant stripping of Dunmore in preparation for conversions which never commence has rendered the structure a shell in the starkest sense of the word. Almost all that remains is stone, and the amazing iron beams spanning the length of the building at first floor height. This means most of the former interior has been lost, a few hints of it can still be seen:

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    Some of the lost:
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    On the walk towards the house, we encountered the old stables, so I popped in for a quick look. The doorway is pretty much the only standing part of the stables left and inside was just a mess of brick and it seems a bookshelf has caused part of the ceiling to collapse.

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    Walking towards the house, it’s partially hidden by a line of trees although the ornate chimneys and turrets can be seen from quite a distance.

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    The entrance is framed by a grand porte-cochère, whilst the façade features castellations, mullioned bay windows, battlemented parapets, slim turrets, barley-sugar chimneys, and armorial panels. It really is a truly beautiful building, and again, I’m just sorry my iPhone didn’t capture it well!

    From the back:

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    There’s a real lack of graffiti around this building, but the one piece is pretty cool!

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    I think my favourite part of this building is all of the fireplaces which can be seen from the ground floor:

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    Either that or the gorgeous windows and lovely wild thistles which seem to be everywhere on this site:

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    Apologies for the pic and info heavy report, I’m very excited.

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  2. Lenston

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    For a first report that's pretty good, good pics considering they are taken with a phone :thumb
     
  3. bluelikewoah

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    Thanks - I haven't tried this hard on a report in 15 years :laugh
     
  4. catbalou

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    I want those wellie boots! :)

    Looks like it was a lovely house in its day, cheers for posting.
     
  5. bluelikewoah

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    Ebay's finest, my friend. I'm a tiny size 3 so I've gotta shop in the kids section - not that I'm complaining, they're the best footwear I own!
     
  6. Eeka

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    Looks a great place for a wander, thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Yorrick

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    Good report. Reminds me of Barons Hill.
     
  8. Will Knot

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    Nice report there :thumb
     
  9. huey

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    Good stuff
     
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    Good report :thumb
     
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