NY1476 : Milkbank House

taken 5 years ago, near to Kettleholm, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

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Milkbank House
Milkbank House
Designed in the Scottish Baronial style by architect Frank James Chambers Carruthers, Milkbank House was built in the late 1800s for the Bell-Irvine family and occupied for only around 60 years before being abandoned and left in decline. It is believed to have been requisitioned as a military hospital for servicemen during WW2, after which the owners either did not want to or could not afford to return to it. In some records it is listed as having been demolished, but in fact only the roof was removed, possibly for tax-related reasons. A once-beautiful mosaic floor and marble staircase can still be seen, along with an ornate fireplace. The house is easily accessible, as the Annandale Way long distance path passes right next to it, but caution should be exercised if entering the building (there are signs warning against doing so!) because of the possibility of falling masonry.

Nearby are the Milkbank Kennels, also derelict, which housed the local hunt hounds.

A picture of the house in its heyday can be seen here LinkExternal link It is still a magnificent building. Following the Annandale Way, one comes upon it quite suddenly, and covered as it is with creepers and other vegetation, it is not difficult to imagine that one has wandered on to the set of a Gothic horror film! Such a shame that it has been left to decay.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 October, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings 
Primary Subject of Photo
Historic Building 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 140 760 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:4.2917N 3:20.8820W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 140 760
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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