Basic Site Details

Name: Gargrave House
Town, district or village: Gargrave near Skipton
City or county: Yorkshire
Country: England
Grid ref: SD 9283 5451
Notes: Listed Grade II

In 1917 the Builder noted:

This house was recently completed for Mr J W Coulthurst. It was originally intended to alter and enlarge the formerly existing mansion house, but subsequently it was decided to build a new house on an entirely new site, the plans originally prepared being used with minor alterations. The house is faced with irregularly built snecked rubble of Yorkshire stone from local quarries, the hewn work being from Blackpasture Quarry, Northumberland. The roof is covered with large full-sized Whitemoss slates from the Caithness pavement quarries. The ornamental doorways are of British Oak, grey in tone. The decorative work internally is of Renaissance character throughout. Mr James B Dunn, 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, is the architect. [Builder 27 April 1917 p268]

A number of Scottish contractors were employed, including Robert Hall and Company of Galashiels for the mason and joiner work. Although not stated, James B Dunn was also responsible for the layout of the formal gardens in front of the house, the plan of which was shown in the Builder of 27 April 1917.

Illustrations: The house was extensively illustrated, all plates in The Builder of 27 April 1917 being devoted to the building. Photographs - view from south-east, south front, garden entrance door, inner hall and main stair, door to business room, drawing room chimney piece, drawing room, inner hall, business room, drawing room door. Plans ground floor, first floor, formal gardens. Further photographs shown in the issue of 6 July 1917

Subsequent History: The house was converted to a nursing home, c1985. This closed about 2003 after which it was divided into 32 residential apartments planning approval 2004.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Gargrave Hall  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Country House  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119131915 House and garden layout


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow DunnArchitect 19131915House and garden layout


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Coulthurst, J W 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1RSA1917   502, 512 & 516

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder27 April 1917  p268 with plans and photographs
Item 2 of 2Builder6 July 1917  Plates - interior photographs

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDunn and Findlay Collection DC10164-10187. Alos XSD/272/1-2