Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 18317 38954
318317, 838954


1863. Single storey, 7-bay, rectangular-plan former railway station. Snecked rubble with roughly dressed quoins.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Broad tripartite centre bay with door and flanking windows (all blocked, see Notes) divided by fluted pilasters with stylised scroll capitals giving way to frieze with 'BLACKSBOAT'. 3 narrow windows to each flanking bay.

W ELEVATION: gabled elevation with boarded timber door and reinforced glass fanlight to left.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: boarded timber door to centre with bipartite window to right and further single window beyond. Boundary wall abutting at outer right.

Horizontal 4-pane glazing pattern in timber casement windows. Graded grey slates with stone ridge. Coped ashlar ridge stacks and ashlar-coped skews with block skewputts.

INTERIOR: all fittings removed.

GOODS SHED: slated pyramidal roof to square-plan, horizontally-clad timber goods shed on rubble and coped ashlar base. Large sliding timber doors to N, W and E elevations, latter also with further window opening; S elevation with 2 horizontal windows close to eaves.

PLATFORM AND BOUNDARY WALLS: flat-coped rubble platform wall to S of station building, and rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Blacksboat (former) Railway Station is a well-detailed survival of a century of rail service to the parish. The former railway line now forms part of the Speyside Way. An early photograph shows the station building much as it appears today (2004) but with centre 2-leaf door, part-glazed with margined glazing, and segmental-headed flanking windows set into square-headed frames over apparently plain timber aprons. The name 'BLACKSBOAT' appears above the door only. Nearby are two small cast-iron girder bridges, built by the railway. Nelson describes them as having 'three cast iron girders and wooden transverse beams and the sides are cast iron panels. One crosses the old track and the other, judging by the ramp-like bank in the field below, perhaps crossed a siding. Such cast iron girder bridges are very uncommon in this area'. Blacksboat Station was opened on 1st July 1963 and closed on 18th October 1965 (Butt). Listed category B in consideration of the rare survival of the goods shed and the group interest in both buildings.



G Nelson HIGHLAND BRIDGES (1990), p84. R V Butt RAILWAY STATIONS (1995).

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