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ALTYRE, BLAIRS HOME FARM WITH TOWER COTTAGES, POND COTTAGE AND CLUBHOUSELB17429

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
14/10/1976
Local Authority
Moray
Planning Authority
Moray
Parish
Rafford
NGR
NJ 2811 55174
Coordinates
302811, 855174

Description

Possibly Archibald Simpson, circa 1834 with some late 19th

century alterations and additions, probably W L Carruthers.

Picturesque Italianate group of detached farm steading

buildings forming churchyard with Club House range sited at

W at slightly lower level. All harled with considerable use

of contrasting polished and tooled ashlar dressings and

margins.

TOWER COTTAGES: pair 2-storey, 2-bay cottages: round-headed

entrances in outer bay of E front with round-headed ground

floor fenestration in E and W elevation. Some lattice-pane

glazing survives, though mainly replaced by 2- and 4-pane

sashes.

Off-centre ridge stack; piended slate roof.

TOWER: cottages abut S elevation of commanding Italianate

4-stage tower, lit by narrow round-headed bipartite lights

in all faces of 1st stage and by paired round-headed windows

in 2nd stage. Heavily corbelled ashlar 3rd stage with shallow

piended slate roof with apex ball finial (corbelled 3rd stage

may be later addition). Extensive rectangular 2-storey

storage range with continuous blind arcading to upper storey

abuts W face of tower and extends N; piended slate roof.

CART SHED AND GRANARY: tall 2-storey Italianate range; 6 high round-headed cart bays in W elevation; N gable covered stair

to loft; loft and stairwell lit by round-headed lights;

bellcote at S gable apex.

POND COTTAGE: simple single storey, 3-bay S facing cottage

with centre door flanked by enlarged windows. End stacks;

slate roof. Modern extension at rear.

EAST RANGE: extensive single storey and single storey and

loft range closes E side of square; blocked centre

round-headed entrance under 2-storey stumpy tower with

exaggerated ashlar detailing; cottage and farm office

accommodation extends N and S, terminating at S in irregular

2-storey block, the end portion of which has single pitch

roof, lunette gable lights and stylistically re-calls the

lectern dovecot.

NORTH RANGE: long much altered single storey and loft range

with continuous low arcaded frontage to N elevation. Slate

roof.

CLUB ROOM AND ASSOCIATED CART-BAYS: 2-storey, 3-bay range

built against W facing slope, with 1st floor entrance at E

reached by wooden flight of steps. Cenre bay slightly

advanced and rising above flanking wings; lattice-pane

glazing. Range of 4 tall arcaded cart bays set back at S

gable. Piended slate roofs.

Statement of Special Interest

Modern cattle shelter in centre of square not included in

listing. Most unusual complex of outstanding interest.

Change of Category B to A 25.4.89.

References

Bibliography

National Library of Scotland, Altyre Papers.

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