Monarch Developments have requested permission to demolish the summerhouse at Bridgend Farm
, the former Bridgealehouse. Today (Thursday, June 1) is the closing date for objections, which can be submitted online
“The main building is important because it was the historical Bridgealehouse,” says Paul Davison, a local resident. “Bridgealehouse was an ale house beside the Aberdeenshire Canal, in operation between 1807 and 1852. It served the nearby Kintore railway station which opened in 1854 and it was probably also a posting station on the Great Northern Road.”
The house and the summerhouse are C-category listed buildings, and are on the National Buildings at Risk Register. Category C means “Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style, or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered; and simple traditional buildings which group well with others in categories A and B [national & regional importance].
The stables and steading are also listed C, as is the summer house. The summerhouse is listed in Canmore records as: “slated rubble, mono-pitch ancillary with boarded timber door to W of house, and rectangular-plan circa 1900 timber summer house with canted corner windows to east boundary walls: coursed rubble boundary walls, some flat coped and some rubble coped.”
Mr Davison also disputes the developer’s suggestion that the summerhouse must have been built in the 1960s. He thinks the fact it does not appear on OS maps until 1965 is probably because the Ordnance Survey did not survey the area between 1919 and 1965. Dr Davidson says his research finds the summerhouse was actually built between 1932 and 1935 by a local Kintore craftsman, Dod Taylor, who had a workshop on the site of the Station Garage, opposite the Bridgend cottage. He is trying to find old photographs and records showing the summerhouse.
“The Bridgend summerhouse is an interesting structure, and is a little spot of beauty in our part of Kintore that has stood out for as long as I have lived here,” Dr Davison says. “It would be useful to retain the summerhouse to mountan exhibition of the Aberdeenshire Canal. This would include the milestone currently in the garden at Bridgend cottage, and copies of maps and prints currently in the House of Lords and Aberdeen University library.
“The summerhouse would be close to the new Kintore railway station, and so could also serve as a display location for the original Kintore to Huntly railway and the nearby Tollhouse for the Aberdeen to Inverurie turnpike. This would be a great opportunity to show important local history to the people in the town and those using the new railway station, thereby attracting new tourists to the town.”