NS5320 : Restored sawmill at Dumfries House estate

taken 6 years ago, near to Auchinleck, East Ayrshire, Great Britain

Restored sawmill at Dumfries House estate
Restored sawmill at Dumfries House estate
With an overshot waterwheel fed by a mill lade from the Back Burn.
Dumfries House :: NS5420
A Georgian house near Cumnock in East Ayrshire, designed in the Palladian style by John and Robert Adam in the 1750s for William Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries. It was inherited in 1814 by the 2nd Marquess of Bute and remained in the family until the early 2000s, when two deaths in rapid succession meant that the estate was crippled with death duties, and the 7th Marquess decided to sell it. The house has much of its original 18thC furniture, including many specially commissioned from Thomas Chippendale. Some of these were expected to fetch millions of pounds at auction, and were en route to London for sale before being called back when agreement was reached for a consortium headed by the Duke of Rothesay [Prince Charles] raised 45m to buy to buy the house, contents and estate in 2007. It is managed by The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust, with the intention to renovate and maintain it as a visitor attraction, with the farm estate being a self-sufficient enterprise. The house re-opened in 2008, and other parts of the estate have been re-opened for various uses, to provide both education and employment, as well as funding the trust's running costs and a hospitality and wedding venue. Both the house and the gardens are listed as significant aspects of Scottish heritage. Apparently Chippendale was well ahead of the modern game - he offered 50% off the price of the second one if two pieces were commissioned - well before BOGOF. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 30 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates  Industry  Water resources 
Place (from Tags)
East Ayrshire 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5382 2045 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:27.3603N 4:18.7910W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5383 2043
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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