Penpont Heritage Centre

Armoury

The Armoury was built in 1863  by William Thomson, Joseph’s father to contain rifles and ammunition for the Penpont Rifle Volunteers which came into existence in 1860 and continued to 1885. The rifles were then removed to Thornhill.

The building is 11’ (3.35 metres) wide by 15’ (4.5 metres) long with the door and windows  reinforced and barred to keep the rifles and ammunition secure.

 The same fine stonework has been used in the walls as in the rest of the cottage and the roof, of differential courses of slate, is dressed with the same fine sandstone skews rising to a pinnacle.

The building has changed little over the passage of time and was used as a store until the Joseph Thomson Group acquired the property.

Internally the room is lined with lath and plaster, a section of which has come away revealing the cleaved laths beneath.

The panelling which held the gun racks was so dilapidated that it had to be removed but you can still see how it was constructed. The floor, door and window have been replaced otherwise the Armoury remains in its original condition.

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General

General

The Centre will open for the 2017 season at East weekend, Saturday 15 April and will be open Saturdays and Sundays thereafter until the end of September. If you wish to come to the centre at other times, we are very happy to arrange a suitable time. Click here to contact us.

 

Information

 If you are looking for any heritage information please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

 

Volunteers

We are currently on a volunteer drive to make sure the history of Joseph Thomson and the heritage of Penpont, Keir and Tynron continues well into the future.

We are planning a training package for volunteers and a buddy system for the first year. This means new guides will have support from the beginning to help their knowledge and confidence to grow.

If you are interested in becoming a guide and/or a member or the management group, please click here to contact us. 

 

Group Bookings

We welcome individuals, groups and school parties. Please contact us to arrange your booking.

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Become a Friend

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1. Become a member.

2. Donate/loan materials to our archives.

3. Help fund running costs by becoming a friend.

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