Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 91548 84673
291548, 884673


Dated 1779, early 19th century rebuild incorporating

(internally) 3-storey, 3-bay earlier warehouse. 3-storey,

7-bay; harl pointed rubble, ashlar dressings. Originally

symmetrical now some window/door alterations at ground floor

north-west; regular fenestration in 1st and 2nd floors, smaller

windows with some vestiges of shutters in upper floor near

wallhead. Wide centre door, and similar door in 6th bay right


Symmetrical rear with 3 doors (1 blocked) and 3 windows above

at 1st and 2nd floors. Entrance in 1st floor of south gable,

served by forestair shared with southern warehouse. Centre 1st

floor door in north gable. Flat skews; dated skewputt at NW;

apex stone ball finials; slate roof; stone ridge.

Interior: 3-storey, 3-bay former warehouse incorporated,

including stone staircase. Wooden stairs elsewhere.

Statement of Special Interest

2 warehouses or girnals sited on quayside, both facing west.

Built by Cromarty Estate (Earls of Cromarty, Viscount(s)

Tarbat) to store grain from estates in Easter Ross. The earlier

girnal is mentioned in later 17th century Cromarty papers held

at Castle Leod. In 1798 Portmahomack consisted of "two stone

houses for reception of rents in kind and three houses". Roofs

of both warehouses are deteriorating. 1982 1793 map has

drawing of 3-storey, 3-bay warehouse, named as such.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (c.1845) xiv, p.463. John Hume, THE

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND, ii, (1977), p.297. National Monuments Record of Scotland. 1793 map in West Register House, Edinburgh, RHP 8733.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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