Sunday 18 September 2016

Now that's what I call a fireplace!

This is the beautiful fireplace which can be seen in Castlemilk Stables in Glasgow.  We went there on a Doors Open Day visit yesterday.  The stables are all that remain of Castlemilk House and have been converted for use as a community hub - Cassiltoun Trust.

The 19th century fireplace was once in Castlemilk House, but the house was demolished in the 1970s.  Thank goodness this was retained.  It depicts the Siege of Orleans, 1429.

Depicted in the carving are Sir William Stewart or Stuart of Castlemilk and his brother Sir John both of whom were killed in battle against Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War .  They were fighting for the Dauphin of France, later became Charles VII .

Castlemilk House
Glasgow Corporation bought the Castlemilk House in 1938 from the last Stuart laird, and served some time as a children's home before being demolished.

The stables conversion is absolutely beautiful - useful while retaining the original feel of their former use with a central cobbled courtyard.

We had a great visit and enjoyed a cup of tea with a local lady who gave us lots of information about the area.  The staff at the Stables were extremely knowledgeable and were a pleasure to talk to.

Another wonderful Doors Open Day visit.

Love, Liz


Julie said...

Wow, that is a magnificent fireplace, what a treat to see it close up.

Frances said...

They certainly don't carve fireplaces like that anymore. It is a tour de force!

Liz, I really enjoy being able to see these places you are kind to share with the rest of us.

Thank you. xo

Linda P said...

You certainly had an interesting Open Doors weekend, which I assume is similar to the Heritage Weekend here. I've enjoyed seeing the two places you visited in the Glasgow area. Wonderful wood carvings, so detailed. It's good they were saved. I also like the crown and thistles.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing. I've been to Glasgow several times, but have so much still to see there.

Summer said...

These photos are gorgeous ♥

mamasmercantile said...

That was indeed an impressive looking fireplace.

Vesna Armstrong said...

Very impressive subject and interesting blog post. x