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ID:MHG12104
Type of record:Monument
Name:Calda House
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Old Council listed building record (for up to date description see link to Historic Scotland's website)  © Highland Council© Please contact Highland Council for detailsCalda House  © Highland CouncilCalda House  © Highland CouncilCalda House  © AOC Archaeology and Historic AssyntCalda House viewed from the north at sunset (photo by Highland Council)  © Highland Council

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Grid Reference:NC 2438 2334
Map Sheet:NC22SW
Civil Parish:ASSYNT
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 6533: Calda House, house 475m SE of Ardvreck Castle, Inchnadamph; Listed Building (B) 1825: Calda House

Scores

  • Survival: VISIBLE FEATURE (>1M (undated)

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG12104
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 4661
  • NMRS Record Details: NC22SW3 CALDA HOUSE
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NC22SW0003

Full description

Currently being repaired on behalf of Historic Assynt. Janet Hooper is the project arch and is recording the work - HAW 11/2004

Letter received from Historic Scotland, 29/04/04.
See Assoc. Docs. File
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See PR78: Inchnadamph Project
JW 8/12/00
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NC22SW 3 2436 2334.
Calda House (NR) (remains of) OS 6"map, (1967)

Named 'Calda House'
J Home 1774-5. <1>, <2>

Edderchalder, Calder of Calda House, known locally as the White House, is said to have been erected 1660 by 3rd Earl of Seaforth. It was an oblong block of two storeys and an attic, divided in two by a wall running down the centre, but it is now roofless and much ruined with side facing the loch having disappeared entirely. It is said to have been reduced to this state deliberately by fire in M18th century. RCAHMS 1911; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889; NSA (C Gordon) 1845. <3>-<5>

Calda House, which is no more than a shell, measures overall 16.5 m N-S by 13.5 m; otherwise it is as described above.
Visited by OS (G H P) 23 May 1962 and (J B) 12 August 1980.

Situated on the flat land between the road and Loch Assynt are the remains of Calda House. The structure is 17m by 13m and 7m high, and comprises a three storey mortared stone house, aligned N/S. There is a subdivision within the structure running N/S but not the whole way across the building. The W elevation and W end of the E elevation have collapsed. The collapsed E elevation lies on the ground where it collapsed, but the stone from the W elevation is missing. The building survives on both gable ends and was the first M-shaped gable house in NW Scotland. Holes for the roof joists are evident on the internal elevations as are a number of fireplaces. An area of collapse has made the chimney flue visible on the south elevations and there are a number of obvious replaced concrete and wooden lintels throughout. <6>


Calda House (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13784.


Calda House (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13785.


Calda House (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13786.


Calda House. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12216.


Calda House. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12219.


Country Life, Country Life May 6, 1949, May 6, 1949 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3522.


Highland Council Archaeology Unit, HCAU Slide Collection Sheet 11, 222 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24360.


Highland Council Archaeology Unit, HCAU Slide Collection Sheet 12, 228 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24361.


Highland Council Archaeology Unit, HCAU Slide Collection Sheet 5, 97 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24007.


Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4484.


Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 93, No. 39 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.


<1> Home, J, 1774-5, Survey of Assynt, plan 9 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2323.


<2> Adam, R J, 1960, John Home's survey of Assynt, xi, xii-xiii, liii, lv, 22, 23, 27 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1873.


<3> NSA, 1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, Vol. 15, Sutherland, 111 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.


<4> MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 631-4, Volume 3, 1889; fig. 586 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2442.


<5> RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 1, No. 3 (Text/Report). SHG2657.


<6> Cavers, G & Hudson, G, 05/2010, Assynt's Hidden Lives: An archaeological survey of the the parish, 142, p.134 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24882.

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EHG3289Archaeological Survey of Assynt (Assynt's Hidden Lives Project)

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