NY1476 : Milkbank House

taken 8 years ago, near to Kettleholm, Dumfries And Galloway, Scotland

This is 1 of 3 images, with title Milkbank House in this square
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.

For a photo of the exterior, see NY1476 : Milkbank House. 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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Geographical Context: Housing, Dwellings Primary Subject: Historic Building
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NY1476, 16 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 October, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 17 March, 2017
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 1401 7607 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:4.2970N 3:20.8916W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 1402 7607
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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