Woodlands and local history demolished

Corsbie House in its pomp. It was later turned into Woodlands School.
Corsbie House in its pomp. It was later turned into Woodlands School.

The recent demolition of the former Woodlands School, previously Corsbie House, brought to light this fascinating postcard from a collection at Newton Stewart Museum.

A spokesman for The Museum said: “The northern half of the town was built on the estate of Corsbie, the southern on the estate of Corvisel. The original house, according to old maps, was further north near where Little Corsbie and Corsbie West are.

To the untrained eye it is obvious that there are two architectural styles here. The original house on the left was the oldest, in a Classical, symmetrical style of the 1700s. On the right is the later addition of Scots Baronial, popular with the Victorians.

In the early 1800’s, the residents were Stewarts, the Hon. Montgomery Stewart of Corsbie being remembered in a plaque in Penninghame Kirk. The only son of General Stewart, named Horatio after the hero his father fought alongside, died a young man in the house.

When the Rev. James Black was appointed to the Penninghame Kirk in 1795, the manse at Penninghame was in a bad way, and Corsbie was used for several years as a temporary manse for the minister of the Kirk in the Square.

From 1903 to 1963, the house belonged to the Power family, now interred in St Ninian’s graveyard. The daughters of the family were remembered for their enthusiasm for motoring, one girl competing against the men in races at Brands Hatch.”

Our thanks to The Museum for providing the postcard and the information.

The site is being cleared by DGHP for a housing development.