The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Chryston
THOUGHTS  IN CONCLUSION The   considerations   which   governed   the   choice   of   site   back   in   the   early   days   when   the   site   of   Bedlay   was   chosen   by   Robert   Boyd   were,   clearly, those   of   a   vastly   different   character   and   nature   from   those   considered   in   modern   times.   One   can   also   see   something   of   the   way   of   life   adopted by our ancestors in the additions and alterations carried out at Bedlay and, indeed, in Bedlay itself from the 16th Century onwards. Sketch of Birdbath The   main   consideration   was   that   the   House   or   Castle   should   be   a   stronghold   which could    be    well    defended    in    times    of    strife.    The    look-out    tower    was    practically    a necessity   (as   has   already   been   mentioned)   for   obvious   reasons.   A   source   of   fresh   water   was   of   course   essential   and   Bedlay   has   a   fine   well nearby,   being   sprang   sometime   in   the   15th   Century   according   to   historians.   The   then   small   village   of   Chryston   was   supplied   at   that   time   with water from the well at Bedlay but is no longer now in use in that connection. Early   prints   show   outbuildings   clustered   round   the   flank   of   the   house   towards   the   Eastern   approach.   History   shows   that   the   laird   and   his followers   had   to   be   close   to   each   other   and   there   was   no   exception   at   Bedlay.   Conditions   changed   gradually   in   Scotland   and   social   changes became   apparent.   Personal   and   domestic   servants   only   were   housed   in   the   Castle.   Grooms   and   other   outdoor   retainers   had   their   quarters moved   away   from   the   immediate   surroundings   of   the   Castle   and   we   find   in   the   case   of   Bedlay   that   there   is   a   largish   house   for   this   purpose hidden away behind Rhododendrons and trees 15 yards from the Castle. The   Roberton   additions   brought   the   character   from   a   Castle   to   that   of   a   Mansion   House.   The   19th   Century   saw   Bedlay   in   the   role   of   a   Country House for business men in Glasgow. Nowadays the proprietors take an active interest in the activities of the neighbourhood. Fuel House Wall Interiors   were   gradually   undergoing   changes   to   keep   in   line   with modern    trends    and    the    simple    and    dignified    white    lime-washed walls     and     ceilings     became     flambuoyant     in     wood     panelling embellishing    the    walls    whilst    the    ceilings    became    elaborately carved   and   coved.   (one   strange   feature   about   Bedlay   is   that   the Eastern   and,   for   a   long   time,   the   only   staircase   is   stopped   at   the   first   floor   level.   It   is   a   great   pity   that   this   stair   was   not   carried   up   to   the   2nd   floor and,   indeed,   right   up   to   the   tower   room   located   at   the   top   of   the   square   Eastern   tower,   which   would   have   obviated   the   need   for   the   somewhat perilous   wooden   stair   now   existing   to   the   tower   room.   As   it   is,   one   has   to   traverse   the   whole   length   of   the   building   twice   in   order   to   gain   the   East end of the 2nd floor from immediately below. Too   much   attention   is   paid   to   the   Germanic   influence   of   Corbusier,   Gropius,   etc.,   whilst   we   have   in   our   midst   a   grand   traditional   architecture   here in   Scotland.   One   must   believe   that   our   buildings   shall,   to   a   degree,   suit   climatic   conditions   and   so   we   find   small   windows,   gables,   etc.   We   have   a heritage here in our native country that should be developed instead of seeking inspiration in foreign lands.
Bedlay Castle Chryston
An Architectural visit to this 17th Century Mansion