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main image Lodge and park gates, Stroquhan, Dunscore, Dumfries-shire
Entrances to the private landscaped grounds, around country houses, were guarded by lodges.

It was the role of the lodge-keeper – often an elderly estate employee – to give access for bona fide visitors and to exclude undesirables.

The iron gates barred the way to any unwanted visitors. Lodges were small, but often reflected the architectural style of the mansion. This lodge is in a mild form of 'Tudor-bethan'.

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