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Report - Eastend House, South Lanarkshire - April 16

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Hydro, May 3, 2016.

  1. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    So for my birthday weekend I decided I didn't want to get mortal and not remember anything so instead I put money to good use and drive 600 miles in a day with @Butters and @R0tt3nW00d.



    This was our second stop of the day and one that surprised the hell out of me. Having only seen a handful of photos on a report from about 4 years ago I decided to only put this in as a link between 2 locations. A pain in the ass to get to and with some seriously sketchy floors this actually made my day.



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    Eastend is a 16th century tower incorporated within a later mansion house. The earliest origins of Eastend are unclear, but there is thought to have been a castle on this site owned by the Carmichael family since the 13th century. Unfortunately the majority of the family’s papers from before 1677 were accidentally destroyed. The Carmichaels also owned the castle of Carmichael nearby. It is not known which of the two branches of the family is the oldest, some sources asserting that the Carmichaels of Carmichael are older than the Carmichaels of Eastend, while others insist the opposite. It may also have been the case originally that Eastend was used by the eldest son and heir of the head of the family at Carmichael. One version has it that Eastend became the home of a branch of the Carmichaels of Carmichael which separated from the main line around 1500. The oldest visible part of the building, a rectangular keep, dates from around this time, although it is said to incorporate earlier work. The keep was originally three storeys in height, plus a garret within a crenellated walkway with bartizans at each corner. It had a vaulted basement, with the main doorway being at first floor level.



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    Although Carmichael appears on early maps, Eastend doesn’t appear to. However a castle named Wairnhill does appear on Joan Blaeu’s map of 1654, based on a late 16th century Timothy Pont map. Wairnhill’s location could be interpreted as approximately where Eastend is – south-east of Carmichael and west of Covington Tower. Warrenhill is the name of the Carmichael farm midway between Carmichael and Eastend. Could Wairnhill / Warrenhill be an earlier name for what is now known as Eastend?



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    When the castle at Carmichael was destroyed by Cromwell, Eastend appears to have escaped unharmed. It has been suggested that while the Carmichaels of Carmichael were Royalists, the Carmichaels of Eastend may have been loyal to the Government. Four storey wings were added to the east and west sides of the keep in 1673, with crow-stepped gables, forming a U-plan in shape. At this time the vaulting was removed from the ground floor of the keep, and much of its interior gutted during the installation of a grand wooden staircase. A string course was added between the ground floor and first floor levels, and the windows in the keep were enlarged.



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    The space between the two new wings was filled in in the 18th century with the addition of bow-fronted façade. When a John Carmichael died unmarried and without an heir in 1789, Eastend passed to his nephew Maurice Carmichael, son of Michael Carmichael of Hessilhead. Maurice’s son, another Michael, married Mary MacQueen Thomson Honyman, the daughter and heiress of William Thomson Honyman of Mansfield, Ayrshire. Upon their marriage, they took the name of Thomson-Carmichael. In 1851 they commissioned a large Scots baronial wing was added to the west by David Bryce.



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    During the Nazi occupation of Poland in 1939 - 1945, the house was used as a HQ for the general staff of the Polish National Army. With the liberation of Poland in 1945, it was left empty and was acquired by the McNeil Hamiltons, and following Edith’s death in 1959 it passed to two of her daughters, Miriam Millicent and Enid McNeill Hamilton. Enid died in 1979, but Miriam continued to live at Eastend until her death in 1991.



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    The house itself is riddled with dry rot and every attempt so far to save it has failed. It has been recently estimated that it will take a healthy 8 million pounds to restore it.



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  2. Lil'Legs

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    Great report and good work on the pics, loving that staircase! :thumb
     
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  3. Will Knot

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    Like those pics....nice report :thumb
     
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    Agreed, the staircase looks fantastic mate...
     
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    That staircase!
     
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    We were just here too... I guess there is no need for me to put a report up too!

    Floors are indeed dodgy as fook. I think we pretty much made it to the same parts, although there was one room with the most magnificent ceiling that I just couldn't reach, and it looks like you didn't manage it either. Lost forever I guess!
     
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    I noted said ceiling (If we are talking about the same one) but I decided its not worth taking the express elevator downwards lol :thumb
     
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    Very nicely done. What a place, such a shame it's rotting away. Love the big staircase. :thumb
     
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    great report mate, that 3rd pic is gorgeous.
     
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