In September 2014, James Stirling pointed out to me, that the public house called Springpark, at Auchentibber, wasnt the only property that was once on that land. James pointed out a little house next to it adding, ” the house as such is still there, the peak roof was taken of and a flat roof was put on it so they did not have to pay some sort of tax or another. That came directly from John Leggat.” (the Leggats once lived at Springpark)
Today, there’s nothing much to the right hand side of Springpark, but it is evident there was a little building of sorts. I looked back to the 1859 map, which does show a little house, with a small path leading down to a water pump at the back. The house is clearly in the enclosure named Springpark.
Julie Leggat added, ” I remember my dad ( Arthur Leggat) telling me that it was the old house. It ended up being used as a garage but it had a big fireplace in it and old pots, irons etc, I loved rummaging around in there. Until the day I came across a huge wasps nest. My gran was the caretaker for the Auchentibber School next door. There was a wee gate in the hedge at the back of the garden that lead straight into the playground, my gran would take me in the school and I’d mess around playing the old piano, great days!”
So the question is, what was this little house called? Who lived there? I’m hoping some of the Leggat family have the answers. Going for a look, here’s what it looks like now.