Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Fowlis Easter
NO 32080 33387
332080, 733387


Circa 1800; E gable dated 1841; byre and earth closet to W, new sheet roof, 1914. Single storey, rectangular-plan former smithy. Rubble masonry, rough-hewn ashlar dressings; corrugated asbestos roof to main building, slates to 1914 additions; 2 coped ridge stacks with thackstanes.

S ELEVATION: 2-leaf door to centre flanked by 12-pane fixed windows with timber casements to bottom; enlarged entrance to right, paired sliding doors; 2-leaf door to left; byre with lean-to earthcloset slightly recessed to far left (elevation masked by imber store). E GABLE: moulded segmental pediment indented at roof space. N ELEVATION: 2 boarded windows, fuel store entrance with boarded door. INTERIOR: hearths removed; shoe racks intact. BOUNDARY WALLS: rubble boundary walls to N and S forming acute angle to W; pigsty in angle to W.

Statement of Special Interest

The smithy is prominently situated at a road junction in the centre of Fowlis. Although the hearths have been removed, the main workshop doors enlarged and the roof replaced, the smithy is listed for surviving features such as the doors and windows. The smithy is not shown on the 1799 map, although a smithy some distance to the west near Berryhill is shown as 'Thomson's smithy'. The indented segmental pediment on the east gable derives (according to MacGibbon and Ross) from Fowlis Castle, the date 1841 probably referring to its removal hither. The smithy house opposite is said to have contained a sculpted panelwith three figures taken from the top of the church sacrament house, and this was located above the door until alterations in circa 1909.



David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND (1892), vol.V, pp274-5; Drawings, RHP 2169/4 (nd), RHP 2169/1 (1914); Plan of Roads in Dispute, Fowlis and Lundie, James Stobie, surveyor, 1799, RHP 14.2 Annotated version of Arthur B Dalgetty, HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF FOULIS EASTER (1933), in Fowlis Church.

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