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Holy Wells

NS84SE 73 8596 4469. – Mary Well

The Mary Well is the best known of all the wells in Nemphlar. A spring provided the source of water for a horse trough beside the road leading up from Cartland Bridge to Nemphlar. The site is just by the road junction for the East Town of Nemphlar. The water was channelled to the south side of the road to prevent flooding and icing of the road.

Bastle House – Nemphlar 66-64 Hall Road

The Society was informed about this building in Hall Road back in 1989 by the planning department of Clydesdale District Council. At that point the Lanark and District Archaeological Society worked closely with Local Authority who consulted the Society on Planning issues.

Tam Ward and Ed Archer went up to the site one winter’s day and were presently surprised that much of a 16th century bastle house had survived . There were however a number of later alterations and additions including 19th century forestair, mid-later 19th century wing to N with adjoining outbuildings and modern unfortunate box dormer.

E (FRONT) ELEVATION: painted render, 3-bay, later rubble forestair to door at 1st floor with rubble leant to alongside obscuring slit openings to ground floor. Later timber porch to 1st floor doorway, flanking windows enlarged in19th century with . Modern full-length box dormer above to attic. original entrance to vaulted basement is in N gable behind later wing. This dormer was an unfortunate addition as it stands out in contrast to the rest of the building.

S (GABLE) ELEVATION: This was greatly damaged by the insertion of a large modern window . Unfortunately it was not possible to prevent this but it was understandable in terms of trying to get light into the building. Photos were taken by myself and Tam Ward of the Bastle prior to the alterations taking place.

INTERIOR: The barrel vaulted basement survived and is a fine example of its type.; small internal stair access to 1st floor and 5 slit windows mostly blocked. A single slit survives on W long wall; harling conceals blocked opening at upper level above. Originally the floor was cobbled and at one time sheep were kept in the basement in winter time.

MID-LATER 19TH CENTURY WING: Large rubble outbuilding adjoining to N with ashlar dressing .

Other features

During the investigations in 1989 , a door lintel dated 1607 and bearing the initials “SF” and “DL” was found in the garden . The initials DL suggest a connection with the Lockharts. Probably this bastle was built for a junior member of the Lockhart family and was similar in style to another building called Castle Lockhart. Castle Lockhart is now a tree covered mound on a peninsular overlooking the Mouse. The site is near Castlehill Farm. Obviously more work will need to be done to work out the history of the Lee Estate in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

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