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Another picture from my walk with friends four days ago around a snowy Carmichael estate, this time showing Eastend House. In fact, I have shown you this place before on a lovely day in May four years ago.

It is believed that Eastend became the home of a branch of the Carmichaels of Carmichael which separated from the main line around 1500. The oldest visible part of the building, a rectangular keep, dates from around this time, although it is said to incorporate earlier work. In this photograph you can see evidence of that rectangular keep as the second "section" of the building from the left.

When the castle at Carmichael (the precursor of Carmichael House in my last picture) was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell, Eastend appears to have escaped unharmed and it has been suggested that while the Carmichaels of Carmichael were Royalists, the Carmichaels of Eastend may have been loyal to the Government.

Four storey wings were added to the east and west sides of the keep in 1673, with crow-stepped gables and the space between the two new wings was filled in in the 18th century with the addition of bow-fronted fašade. In 1851 a further grand extension was added in the form of a large Scots baronial wing to the west. At the same time a round tower was added in the re-entrant angle between the new wing and the old keep, which contains the main entrance (the blue door in this picture).

Interestingly, Eastend was occupied by the General Staff of the Polish Army in 1940, and there is a marble plaque inside the house which commemorates this. After WWII, however, and perhaps due to lack of funds, this house gradually fell into disrepair. There is much dry rot in its timbers and attempts to find a use for it and effect a rescue plan have so far failed, leaving the house derelict and deteriorating.

ISO 100, 1/250 sec at f/9, focal length 18mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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