The gorgeous Cambusnethan mansion house is along Castlehill Road across from Caplaw Place, in the village of Overton, the town Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Nestled in a grove of trees and just above the River Clyde are the remains of the Cumbusnethan House / Priory. The home was designed by James Gillespie Graham in a Tudor Revival priory style. It is 2 storeys with a sunk basement and formed in a symmetrical rectangular layout. The octagonal tower corners stand beautifully on each corner.
It was built out of yellow ashlar sandstone for Lockhart of Castlehill family. The house itself was very ornate with decorated chimneys, carved motifs, castellated roof lines and scrolled pinnacles. Their family crest was even etched on every balustrade of the main staircase. It was said the grounds had utterly remarkable gardens, which are no longer seen today.
Originally there was a Norman Tower House on the same spot as the home but a fire destroyed that in 1816. In 1820, the mock priory was commissioned.
In the early 1960’s it was used as an office. The Priory was then set for demolition in 1967 until it was purchased and save by Ronald Wilson. In 1978 it was set to be a restaurant and Medieval banquets were held there. Gillespie’s dining room was stripped down to the bare stone walls for this. During the early 1980’s ornate pinnacles from the rooftops were removed for public safety. In 1985, it was seriously damaged by fire.
Many attempts to turn the manor house into a hotel / chalets were tried but all were denied for various reasons. By the 1990’s, it was reported that the building had 1 severely cracked wall and the roof had collapsed.
It is registered as At Risk by the Scottish Civic Trust. This home is one of the few remaining examples of neo-Gothic architecture from the 1800’s in Scotland.
As of 2014, Friends of Cambusnethan Priory have been trying to save the house from further decay.
Where are the ruins of Cambusnethan House located? You can find it with these coordinates. 55.755392, -3.944488.
Image 1 by Duncan Mcneil.
Images 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 by Paradasos.