This little building is on Church Street in the small village of Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The sign on the wall says The Manor. The date above the door is 1989, so it is only 20 years old. This will make it one of the newest buildings in the village. It can only contain one room, so I’m not sure if anyone lives in it.

High in the Lowther Hills to the west of the M74, Wanlockhead is Scotland’s highest village at 467m (1531 ft). It owes its existence to the lead, gold and other minerals found under the surrounding countryside.

These mineral deposits were probably first exploited by the Romans and from the 1200s they were being worked again by groups of miners who gathered here each summer. The first permanent settlement appeared in about 1680, when the Duke of Buccleuch built a lead smelting plant and workers’ cottages that could be occupied all year round.

Although lead was for many centuries the mainstay of the village’s economy, it was not the only mineral found here. What became known as “God’s Treasure House” also produced zinc, copper, silver and gold. Some of the world’s purest gold, at 22.8 carats, was found locally and used in the Regalia of the Scottish Crown.

Today’s Wanlockhead depends primarily on tourism. The Southern Upland Way long distance footpath passes through the village, but the main attraction for the motoring tourist revolves around the village’s industrial past.

Information from Undiscovered Scotland.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Wanlockhead and Lowland Scotland.

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  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 5 years ago

    Very cute! looks about the same size as my place lol !!

  • Hehe, I could not believe it when I found it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    What a cute little house! Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    This is so quaint and endearing! Oh I am willing to get someone does live there, having gone to the trouble of giving it such a grand name and keeping it in such style!

  • There are curtains on the windows and I could see someones sitting inside through the window around the corner (on the right hand side) …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 5 years ago

    What a nice marvel,very colourful and cute

  • Thank you so much Hans …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Its actually a twelve bedroom house Tom. Its built on the same principles as the TARDIS. The current owner is a Mr David Tennant ‘WHO’ I am told is an actor; apparently he plays a Doctor in a long running Tv series. So its perhaps a little mis-leading. However, another source tells me that none of the above is true. The house was in fact inspired by an ‘Iceberg’ & over two thirds of the house remain hidden below the surface. The really interesting point about all of this info is that your photograph is packed with quality as always!!

  • Hehe, you always crack me up Robin, cheers amte …

    – Tom Gomez

  • pensivepixie
    pensivepixieover 5 years ago

    looks amazing

  • Thank you so much …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    What a cute little cottage , I wonder what it was built for?
    great find Tom x

  • Thank you Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 5 years ago

    this is wonderful Tom, I expect the three little pigs to come x

  • Hehe, thank you Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • SharonJH
    SharonJHover 5 years ago

    Just like a little dolls house – so very beautifully captured.

  • Thank you Sharon, your visit and the fave are much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 5 years ago

    Excellent lighting and composition have created a scene out of a fairytale storybook, Tom !!

  • Thank you so much Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

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