Photographer's Note

Taken on a sunny May evening six years ago, this building forms the centrepiece of the present Chatelherault Country Park near Hamilton in central Scotland. The park is open to the public for recreation, the building houses a small museum and it is also often used as a venue for weddings. There are also some very pleasant routes from here along the banks of the rivers Avon and Clyde where I quite often walk with with friends.

The name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault, the title "Duc de Châtellerault" having been held by the Duke of Hamilton.

This building (now often simply referred to as "Chatelherault") was the former hunting lodge of the now demolished Hamilton Palace. The lodge was designed by William Adam and completed in 1734. It comprises two pavilions linked by a gateway. The north facade was visible from the palace and forms the front of the building, though this picture of the rear of the building and its formal parterre garden was taken from the south. The buildings provided kennels, stables and accommodation for hunting parties returning from the woodlands to the south.

Interestingly, William Adam often jokingly referred to his creation as "The Dog Kennel"!

ISO 400, 1/320 sec at f/10, focal length 24mm.

Here are the co-ordinates of the location: 55.761854, -4.015461

And here is a larger version of this photograph:

I have previously posted on TE a photo, taken on the same day, of the front of this building which you can see here:

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