NS3875 : Former stables and technical block

taken 11 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Former stables and technical block
Former stables and technical block
The photograph was taken from Helenslee Road. Some modern buildings provide context for the main subject of interest, which is the older building that lies beyond them.

This was originally a stable block associated with Helenslee House; its listed building report provides further details: LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland).

Later, when Helenslee House and its grounds became part of Keil School (see NS3875 : Helenslee House / Keil School), the former stable block was adapted to become the school's technical block (woodwork, metalwork, and technical drawing were taught on the ground floor; there were also, at one time, art and chemistry classrooms on the upper floor). In this period, it was referred to as New House.

The building had become rather run down, and, after some modifications to the building, Mr James G. Gulliver of Campbeltown, the founder of Argyll Foods plc (later to become Safeway plc) conducted its official opening as a new house (Mackinnon House, named after the school's founder) for some of the boarding pupils. This ceremony took place on Thursday the 27th of February, 1986.
Keil School

An independent school founded at Keil House (NR67670788), at the southern tip of Kintyre, in 1915. After a disastrous fire, it relocated, in 1925, to the mansion house of Helenslee (NS38677506), which is in the Kirktonhill area of Dumbarton. The school remained there until its final closure in 2000. The building itself subsequently remained unoccupied, and it was damaged by fire early in 2013. A housing development was created around it; Helenslee House itself was supposed to be restored as a part of that development, but, as of the end of 2016, that has not yet occurred.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 31 March, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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Period (from Tags)
19th Century 
Architect (from Tags)
John Honeyman 
Stables (former)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3880 7528 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.6068N 4:34.9635W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3886 7526
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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