Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 68989 63949
368989, 863949


John Adam, 1764-7, John Marr, master mason and superintending architect. Square, 4-stage tower supporting tapering concave sided hexagonal spire. Ashlar with polished ashlar dessings. Corniced doorpiece within shallow arcade in ground floor, lunette above in lst stage, pedimented clock face in 2nd stage and round-headed louvred opening in 3rd stage. Corniced wallhead with angle ball finials; spire with oval lucarnes, gold apex ball finial and weathervane.

Statement of Special Interest

Ambiguously the Banff Town Council Minutes refer to 'Mr Adam's plan of the steeple'; this might infer James Adam rather than John, but the latter had already worked in Banff designing the Castle. Steeple abuts the S gable of the Town House.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1836), pp 34-5. Banff Preservation Society, ROYAL AND ANCIENT BANFF (1975). Howard Colvin,

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840 (1978), p 46. William Cramond, ANNALS OF BANFF, i (1891), p 311.

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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