Barrmill Walks – Way Marker 5


Nettlehirst

A view from Nettlehirst to Barrmill (on left), Greenhills farm and Greenhills itself on right with rainbow.

You have just walked past the remains of the walled estate known as Nettlehirst House. This was once a fine mansion house built by William Burns, a toy merchant in the 1870s; adding on to an earlier house his family owned. After he died, Nettlehirst became the home of Thomas C Kerr and his family whose business involved heavy haulage contractors and engineers. They installed electricity into the house in the mid 1920s with a private generator. Unfortunately, an electrical problem occurred in July 1932 when the family were out and caused a fire which gutted the house. Sadly, the shell of the house had to be demolished for safety reasons and was never rebuilt.

This specially commissioned drawing of Nettlehirst House, was made by artist James MacIntyre in May 1932
Nettlehirst House and lands in 1909