Property Available in Whithorn
Old Town Hall and Clock Tower
An imposing Category “B” listed building dating back to the early 18th Century centrally situated in the town. The property will make a unique and interesting dwelling and most of the internal walls have already been stripped of the old plaster and are ready for refurbishment. The property has been rewired and a central heating system has been partially installed. Whithorn is famous as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland, and can stake a credible claim to be amongst Scotland’s oldest continuously occupied settlements. Today’s visitor finds a town built around a long and broad main street gently sloping from south to north. The main street is lined by largely two storey buildings. The most striking landmark is the Steeple, part of the Town House, overlooking a monument that acts as a combined war memorial and mercat cross.
Some time in the AD390s, St Ninian arrived here after studying in Rome and built the first Christian church in Scotland. In the 1100s a large cathedral and priory were built and Whithorn prospered through trade and the steady stream of pilgrims. The Reformation in 1560 led to the gradual decline of Whithorn Priory. More telling for Whithorn was the ban on pilgrimage that followed in 1581, which removed an important part of the village’s economy. Most of the cathedral and priory has since disappeared, leaving just the nave and the crypt.
In more recent times Whithorn was for a while home to Scotland’s most southerly railway station, but this closed in 1950. Otherwise it remains an important local centre for The Machars, and the pilgrims of yesteryear have now been replaced by more worldly tourists, though equally interested in the story of St Ninian and Whithorn, many visiting local attractions like St Ninian’s Cave at the Isle of Whithorn, a popular fishing and sailing centre some 3 miles South of Whithorn.
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Accommodation comprises: Ground Floor – Entrance Hall. Jail and Cell. First Floor – Inner Hall. Living Space. Kitchen. Bathroom. Third Floor – Clock Tower
GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Entrance Hall - 7.15m x 1.34m
Hardwood storm doors giving aces to the property. Wall mounted electric meters. Hardwood external door.
Jail - 3.67m x 2.23m
Head height 1.90m.
FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Giving access to accommodation.
Living Space - 11.00m x 6.00m
Three front facing sash and case windows. Large open plan area (formally the Town Hall and Court Room). Stone walls with two fireplace recesses and domed ceiling.
Kitchen - 3.50m x 3.36m
Side facing window. Sink. Hot water cylinder. Cast iron fireplace.
Bathroom - 2.67m x 1.35m
Fitted with a coloured suite comprising WC, wash-hand basin and bath with wet wall panelling and electric shower.
The Clock Tower has three levels and is accessible by ladder from the first floor.
Mains supplies of water and electricity. The property is connected to the mains drainage system.
To be assessed.
By arrangement with the Selling Agents on 01671 404100.
Offers over £60,0000 are anticipated and should be made to the Selling Agents.
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