The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Bedlay Castle Chryston
An Architectural visit to this 17th Century Mansion
FIRST FLOOR First Floor Plan On the first floor the space between the East and West staircase towers is occupied as a vestibule lit by windows to the North and with a fireplace in the North wall. The rooms on this floor are the full thickness of the House minus the vestibule. This vestibule, the West staircase and twin tower rooms, were most probably built by the Roberton family in the 17th Century. There is a trick tread and riser at the corner of the first flight of the main stair. There is a difference of two inches in height on one riser and quite a few of the treads are irregular; the latter may be quite unintentional but the former was definitely a safety measure against unwelcome visitors and, indeed, is quite a common feature of houses of this type in these days. South Elevation The two rooms of the original building are high ceilinged and are entertained by a fine view of the meadow to the South. The windows in these and adjoining rooms had, until less than a Century ago, small panes of extremely old glass in wooden frames. These were removed by Mr. Christie and replaced by normal double-hung sashes to allow more light into the public rooms. They may still be seen in turret windows and some 2nd floor windows. The Western room and Northern turret suffer, so far as view is concerned, from the close attention of very high trees growing in the meadow far below the level of the House. There is the upper part of the 20th Century addition to the North, as mentioned under Ground Floor Plan, which is entered from the vestibule hall and the plan shows the unhappy attachment to the main building.