Blairadam Forest

Old Manse Stables, Monzie 

Units 3 and 4

Alder recently carried out a standing building recording on a dilapidated group of buildings known locally as the Old Manse Stables at Monzie, near Crieff.  On arrival the roofs were found to have largely collapsed and much of the stonework was covered in dense ivy growth, but after some of this was removed a suprisingly complex sequence of construction was revealed. 

Unit 3

Despite being called 'the old stables', the survey discovered that some of the buildings also functioned as barns, cart sheds, stores and hay lofts, reflecting the fact that the buildings were constructed as general agricultural buildings for the Glebe.  These buildings were expanded in piecemeal fashion through the 19th century reflecting the increasing complexity of agriculture and the need for storage of new equipment.   

The windows and doors of the main range were improved in the 19th century to create an aesthetic finish to the facades and it seems likely that these alterations correspond to the re-building of the church and possibly the Manse in the 1830s by architect William Stirling.  The last major alteration was the construction of a new stable for large horses and the conversion of one of the old rooms to house ponies; in both the interiors were fitted out with high quality carpentry.  In the very last phase one of the units was converted to a garage, presumably for the mending of agricultural machinery as well as motor vehicles.