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Lady Bute's Lodge

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We have recently completed this stage of our works on Lady Bute's Lodge. This unique building sits in state along Lime Tree Avenue, old but beautiful. These works have ensured that this building will be preserved as it is, and although we cannot halt the march of time, we have certainly slowed it down, allowing us to enjoy this little treasure for as long as possible. Lady Butes Lodge Facts: The building is built from a mixture of reused and newer Tottenhoe limestone laid as ashlar on a brick plinth in a Flemish bond, which are brick backed on the ground floor. The internal cross walls are of brick, rendered with ‘Roman’ cement. The roof is natural Welsh slate on a boarded sarking. Internally the Lodge has two small rooms on the ground floor and a useable attic with limited headroom, in all totalling 36m2. There is no kitchen, bathroom, or toilet. History Lady Bute’s Lodge was believed to have been built between 1832 and 1842, whist the Estate was under the ownership of the 4th Earl of Bute’s grandson, John Crichton-Stuart. In 1825 Robert Smirke (1780-1867) was employed by John Crichton Stuart to take down what remained of the original House built for Sir Robert Napier (1560-1637) and to build the Mansion house. Research indicates that the Tottenhoe stone from which the lodge is built was taken from the original Napier House. Lime Tree Avenue The road in front of the Lodge was a farm track until 1860 when the avenue was lined with lime trees, and the building was supported by outbuildings and its own curtilage which was removed in the 1960’s, although the top of the well can still be seen to the north of the Lodge. Life at Lady Bute's Lodge The lodge was occupied until at least the 1940’s, but by 1960 had been abandoned. The Estate has an oral record from the children of its last occupants, who recall having to travel to Slip End to collect drinking water for the property, which had no services.
Lady Bute's Lodge
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