Levenford House Lodge, Helenslee Road, Dumbarton

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General Details and Location

Name of Building
Levenford House Lodge
Other Name(s)
Helenslee Road, Dumbarton
Planning Authority
Divisional Area
Reference No
Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
NS 39089 75283
Location Type
HS Reference No


Scottish Baronial with crowstepped gables and dummy gun ports; squared, stugged and snecked rubble. Lodge is square-plan, single storey and attic, with basement to south and to east, and conical-roofed stair turret rising from below basement level at south east angle; 2-bay north elevation, round-headed door in gabled shallow porch, tripartite to left below single window in gabled dormer head: Apex stacks with diamond flues. Former stables are single storey and attic with gabled dormers long east wall with 4 ventilators, stack (3 diamond flues) above wall head gables: 2 wide modern sliding doors to west wall, lintelled garage opening in north gable, and heavy stone apex finial. Linking bay joins to basement level of lodge. (Historic Scotland)
Building Dates
Circa 1853
J T Rochead

Category of Risk and Development History

Very Poor
Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Field Visits
1/03/2011, 23/4/2013, 05/02/2020
Development History
January 2010: Nominated for inclusion on the Register by Historic Scotland. Interlinked building (possibly stables through to lodge) one section occupied, but the other, more decorative section is reported to be in poor repair and appears vacant.
March 2011: External inspection finds the house disused. The roof requires attention to repair the damaged ridge and replace a number of slipped slates. Ivy is taking hold on the walls and trees growing up against the base of the wall. Several windows are broken and surviving frames are in poor condition.
April 2011: Local planners report the building, along with the stables, is in the ownership of the local authority. A development brief is to be drawn up for the two buildings.
23 April 2013: External inspection finds the windows boarded up, although one had been removed allowing the interior to be accessed.
31 July 2013: West Dunbartonshire Council confirm the site remains in their ownership.
5 February 2020: External inspection finds the building extensively fire-damaged and in Very Poor condition. There has been significant deterioration since last visit. There has been partial collapse of the roof and the timbers are fire-damaged, with many slipped slates and slate loss, with risk of further loss. It is now completely open to the elements. Windows are missing and/or damaged. The west gable chimney has collapsed and the east gable chimney is at risk of loss due to masonry. Ivy is taking hold of the south elevation and there are vegetation growths elsewhere. Rainwater goods are blocked in places and damaged. Loose mortar has formed a significant crack in the front entrance porch. Grounds overgrown but secured by Heras fencing.

Guides to Development

Conservation Area
Planning Authority Contact
PAC Telephone Number
01389 738794


Current Availability
Appointed Agents
Occupancy Type
Present/Former Uses
Name of Owners
West Dunbartonshire Council
Type of Ownership
Local Authority

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