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WATTEN CROSSROADS, THOR HOUSELB14978

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
15/08/1979
Supplementary Information Updated
21/12/2010
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Watten
NGR
ND 24165 54407
Coordinates
324165, 954407

Description

Early 19th century with mid 19th century additions and alterations. Two-storey, symmetrical 3-bay house prominently sited at Watten Crossroads with mid 19th century single storey, 5-bay wing to rear. Rendered and lined as ashlar with contrasting painted margins. Centre door and flanking windows have mid 19th century decorative lintels with incised detailing.

Non-traditional door and windows (formerly lying-pane glazing to timber framed sash and case). Renewed end stacks. Slate roof to house; artificial slates to rear wing.

INTERIOR: largely refurbished.

Statement of Special Interest

Built around 1813, Thor House is prominently sited at the Watten turnpike crossroads, diagonally opposite the former Toll House of a similar date. It is recognisable as an early 19th century, 3-bay house with 1st floor windows set close to the eaves. The decorative lintels to ground floor are understood to be a mid 19th century addition and add to the interest of the streetscape. Its critical location and decorative detail set Thor House apart as a key building within the village.

Change of category from B to C(S) and List Description revised (2010).

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Evident on 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1870-72).

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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