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Report - EastEnd House, Lanarkshire, November 2011

catbalou

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A rainy day did nothing to dampen the spirits of a trip up to the Carmichael Estate where the well documented and much explored EastEnd house is situated. Not reported on for a while and after a couple of phone calls, I decided on a spur-of-moment trip up to Lanarkshire to visit and see the current state with Stranton (thanks for a nice day out… and stop dancing with the mannequins!)

EastEnd House, a striking castle at the southern boundary of Carmichael estate, was originally on a separate estate occupied by a branch of the Carmichael family who separated from the senior line around 1500.
It had been in the possession of the Carmichael family and their heirs since records began when it was put up for sale in 1988 and acquired by Chief Richard Carmichael in 1989.
EastEnd comprises a 37 room mansion house of four floors with the oldest visible part of the building, which is claimed to have a much more ancient nucleus, being an early 16th century keep (a fortified tower). To this were added tall crowstepped wings to the east and west in 1673, and these in turn were joined up on the south by a typical 18th century bow-fronted addition which completely obscured the keep on that side. In the mid 19th century large “Scottish baronial†extensions were added to the west.
The building is listed on the “Castles of Scotland†map and is a listed historic building, Category B


History taken from the Carmichael Estate Website: http://www.carmichael.co.uk


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After exploring every nook and cranny of the place, we visited the Carmichael visitor centre, where after eating yummy home made cakes and warming up with coffee, we found out a little more information. The latter days of the house saw it lived in by an elderly lady who occupied only two of the 37 rooms after her husband died. It has been estimated that it will take 8 million pounds to restore the house, which has now been deemed a “death trap†by locals. Many of the mannequins were taken from the building and put into the tourist centre along with waxworks from Edinburgh. We were given the opportunity to have a look at their ‘Halloween display’ (and yes, the horse that Queen Victoria is sitting on, and the dog next to her are in fact real… and stuffed).

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