House of Falkland Stables

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Building summary
House of Falkland stables from south-west.jpg
Name House of Falkland Stables
Address Falkland Estate
Postcode KY15 7AF
Other names The Stables
Date 1822
Architect John Swinton
Donald A Stewart
See map Map C
OS grid ref NO 24655 07495
Latitude & longitude 56°15′14″N 3°13′04″W
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HES listing details[1]
Category B
Reference / Date LB8764 / 01/02/1972
Address/Site Name House of Falkland Estate, stables and horsetrough

John Swinton 1822-4; later additions, Donald A Stewart, from 1889. 2 storey, 9-bay, classical former stable block forming quadrangle with prominent timber cupola to S. Coursed, squared rubble to principal elevation (S); rubble to other elevations. Piended dormers breaking wallhead to E and W.

PRINCIPAL ELEVATION TO S: symmetrical. Central, slightly advanced, pedimented segmental archway with 2-stage, octagonal timber weatherboarded tower above. Slatted timber entrance doors with shouldered arched windows to either side flanking central archway. Advanced 2-bay outer bays.

COURTYARD: some segmental-arched openings with 2-leaf part-glazed doors. Small upper level segmental-arched window openings. Forestairs to N and S elevations. Circular cast iron horsetrough with 4 stylised horse legs as supports.

Predominantly 3-over 3- and 6-over 6-pane timber sash and case windows. Rooflights. Grey slates. Ridge stacks. Cast iron rain water goods. Wallhead stacks.

INTERIOR: (partly seen, 2010). S range with timber stalls with metal end posts; hay baskets; cobbled floor; simple cornicing. Offices to N with timber panelling.

Statement of special interest

This is a fine example of a classically designed courtyard plan stable complex, situated close to the entrance to the House of Falkland Estate. [...]

The House of Falkland Stables were built to house the horses and carriages for Nuthill House and later the House of Falkland and also provide accommodation for the coachman.

More recently they have been restored to house the Falkland Centre for Stewardship, including a cafe, exhibition gallery and offices.

Further references

"Stables on the main approach [to the House of Falkland], built by John Swinton , 1823, with a pediment over the pend arch.Octagonal wooden clock turret above, added by Donald A. Steward, c.1901."[2]