Basic Site Details

Name: Glen Tanar Estate, Tower Lodge
Town, district or village: Glentanar/Glen Tanar
City or county: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Built in association with the Bridge of Ess - see separate item.

At the Bridge of Tanar, on a fine rock, is a tower - the entrance lodge of the estate. Here there is no show front; the windows of the different floors are dodged about, so that each front has only about one window; and the stones have been very carefully selected, of various colours, in stages. The lower portion of the tower is well ‘battered’ down into the rock; a staircase runs up inside one corner, and has a projecting turret at the top covered with lead. This is one of the most effective buildings we have seen here, while we noticed that there is nothing in it which we could point to as being expensive, as work which was not absolutely needed, or which could have been done at less cost, but all done ell and properly. [Aberdeen Journal/Builder 19 September 1874 p791-792]

Note that while the description matches the present building, the location of this entrance lodge is stated as being at the Bridge of Tanar in the above 1874 description.

Was the tower therefore taken down and re-built as a folly at the Bridge of Ess as part of the widening of the bridge and new entrance in the 1890s?

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Tower of Ess  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lodge  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2Before 1874 Build/constructionOriginally constructed at the former entrance -Bridge of Tanar?
Item 2 of 2c. 1898 Build/constructionTaken down and rebuilt at new entrance to the estate at Bridge of Ess?


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2George TruefittArchitect Before 1874  
Item 2 of 2George Haywood TruefittArchitect 1898(?) Architect if the lodge was built at the same time as the widening of the bridge


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Brooks, Sir William Cunliffe 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Geddes, Jane2001Deeside and the Mearns: An Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIAS/Rutland Pressp129
Item 2 of 2Mawson, Thomas H1927The Life and Works of an English Landscape Architect  p46

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47093Tower Lodge
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSGeorge Truefitt at Glen Tanar 1875-85: photo album p47