Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 35401 59167
335401, 859167


Archibald Simpson, 1828-29. Substantial range forming hollow

square and comprising both dwellings and farm buildings, most

of the latter now gutted internally and converted to modern

farm usage.

Red harled with tooled ashlar margins and dressings. Regular

wide SW facing front range with centre arched entrance. Tall

ashlar segmental-headed archway with corniced and stepped

blocking course. Flanking mirrored 2-storey dwellings,

projecting front and back as single bay gables (canted to

courtyard) linked to archway by set back single bay, in each

of which is bracketted corniced entrance. Long ground floor fenestration, the front windows also with bracketted

cornices, the 1st floor fenestration lower, and some blind in

inward facing bays. Single storey and loft, set back 6-bay

outer ranges, with lunette fenestration above each window set

in shallow round-headed recesses, at left all front

fenestration is blind, at right the block has near centre

gabled porch. Varied multi-pane glazing, some lying-pane.

Squat coped and shaped ridge stacks; slate roofs with

projecting jointed eaves.

2 further long single storey W ranges are sited parallel to

main square, and linked at gabled frontage by square panelled

ashlar gatepiers.

Statement of Special Interest

Rear, much altered range of buildings not included in


Scottish Record Office RH Plan no 2398 is a working drawing

with a reference to 'Mr Simpson's own drawings'. The series

of drawings reveal that a clock tower was intended as the

archway centrepiece.

Described in 1842 as 'a range of buildings which for

amplitude, utility and elegance are certainly unrivalled in

the N'.

Formerly the mains farm on Gordon Castle Estate and called




NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xii (1842), p. 119. Scottish Record

Office RHP 2394-2404 and GD44/51/364.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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