Sites and Monument Record: Orchardhead Summerhouse (SMR 2183)

The summerhouse or grotto was located 100m ENE of Orchardhead House and took the form of a mound of earth containing a vaulted stone structure said to have incorporated a relief carving and some lines from the Aeneid. It faced east along the mouth of a small pow (formerly the mouth of the River Carron) towards a monument capped with a figure of Neptune, which formed a sea mark for sailors. The east face of the summerhouse was fronted with a stone wall containing a wide entrance with a low arch and topped with a projecting square eaves course with a rear flange to retain the earth cap.
The summerhouse and monument probably date to the 1790s, just after the River Carron had been diverted. It was demolished during the Second World War.

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