Listed Building

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Group Category Details
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Crathie And Braemar
National Park
NO 25650 95101
325650, 795101


Edward T Bellhouse and Company, produced by Eagle Foundry, Manchester, 1851. No 1 prefabricated warehouse pattern, built to serve as ballroom, now carpenters workshop. Corrugated iron sheets on concrete base and in framework of panelled, cast-iron pilasters with stylised capitals supporting cavetto corniced eaves gutter. Entrance in gabled end, now with sliding machinery door, with small-pane strip fanlight above. 7-bay sides, 4 each side windowed with flush, 16-pane timber casement windows; 2 modern, fixed-pane, horizontal windows inserted to left return elevation. Rear gable end, blank. Scalloped barge boards and finials. Corrugated roof with flush rooflights and decorative brattishing; gabled ventilator to mid ridge with brattishing.

Interior: lined with timber boarding; coombed roof, embrasured to rooflights.

Statement of Special Interest

A group with Venison Larder, Ice House, Stables, Pony Stables, The Surgery and Game Larders.

This is the earliest remaining corrugated iron building in Scotland and possibly in Britain and it retains much of its original decorative design and footprint. Prince Albert had seen Bellhouse's designs at the Great Exhibition and ordered one to serve as a temporary ballroom at Balmoral; the warehouses were intended to house emigrants moving to Canada or Australia as a result of the Highland clearances. It was erected in three weeks and first used for the gillies' ball, 1st October 1851. It remained in use until 1856 and in 1882 was resited to its present position near the stables and game larders, when the old offices were demolished. In the autumn of 1853 the ballroom also served as a studio for Carl Haag. Prince Albert's use of the early prefabricated warehouse is thought to have been highly influential in popularizing and disseminating the practice.

There has been some alteration to the building, including the addition of sliding doors to one gable, but the original footprint and much of the original decorative design remains.



Delia Millar Queen Victoria's Life in the Scottish Highlands (1985), p59, pp85-9. The Royal Archives VIC/Add Q /51. Adam Mornement & Simon Holloway, Corrugated Iron: building on the frontier, 2007 pf35. N Thomson & P Banfill, 'Corrugated-Iron Buildings: An Endangered Resource within the Built Heritage', Journal of Architectural Conservation No 1 March 2005 pf71.

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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