Photographer's Note

As soon as I saw this place, I thought that Craig (macjake) would just love it to bits - and I could imagine him jumping around with glee, setting up his tripod here, there and everywhere - and planning to make some wonderful HDR images from it.

This is Cambusnethan Priory (or Cambusnethan House) which lies hidden in a nice piece of countryside between the industrial town of Wishaw in North Lanarkshire and the River Clyde. It was designed by James Gillespie Graham and completed in 1820. It is also generally regarded as being the best remaining example of a Graham-built country house in the quasi-ecclesiastical style of the Gothic revival.

There was originally a Norman tower house near the site of the present building, and this was replaced by a manor house during the 17th century. The manor house burned down in 1810, and the present house was commissioned and built in 1820.

The "Priory" (it never was a true "priory" but rather a large stately home) was built for the Lockhart family of Castlehill and their family crest was carved above the main entrance and etched in every balustrade of the main staircase inside. The crest represents a casket, heart and lock and derives from the tradition that the ancestors of this family carried Robert the Bruce's heart back from the Holy Land. The site was also the birthplace of John Gibson Lockhart, Sir Walter Scott's biographer and later son-in-law.

This building was used latterly as a hotel and restaurant and then as a "mediaeval banqueting hall" but fell into disuse in 1984. It has since fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair and is now on the Buildings at Risk Register.

I am not sure what will become of this building but I suspect that it will be left to continue to decay. Unfortunately it now seems to attract vandals and "winos" who contribute to its attrition and litter the surrounding area with their discarded junk.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470)
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