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main image Stable block, Goldielea, Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire
Stabling for riding- and carriage-horses was the 18th and 19th century equivalent of the 20th century garage.

The stable's status, and its close associations with the mansion house, is reflected in the formal architectural styles in which it was built. The decline of the country house and in the use of horses, has made all but a few redundant and in need of new uses.

Besides stables, such groupings might incorporate coach houses, a tack room, drying facilities (for harness), feed storage and processing areas and accommodation for a groom and others.

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