Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


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

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