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Balgray Barn

A Category B Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7378 / 55°44'15"N

Longitude: -4.5927 / 4°35'33"W

OS Eastings: 237316

OS Northings: 652419

OS Grid: NS373524

Mapcode National: GBR 3C.CF0W

Mapcode Global: WH3PP.F16P

Entry Name: Balgray Barn

Listing Date: 2 December 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331318

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB875

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Dalry and West Kilbride

Parish: Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

1797 (dated). Single storey rubble-built barn with arched opening (possibly cart-shed?) to S, now blocked; large rectangular opening to R with later metal sliding doors, lintel above dated. Ventilation slits on all elevations. Blocked door to N elevation. Pitched, corrugated-iron roof.

INTERIOR: solum floor; timber roof structure; remains of limewashed surface to walls.

Statement of Interest

Prominently sited at a bend in the road, the barn is a good example of a relatively unaltered 18th century farm building. The lands of Balgray were originally part of the Hessilhead estate, in the Barony of Giffen, and were owned by the Montgomeries in the 16th century. In the early 18th century the names of John Stevenson and John Muir were connected with these lands. According to map evidence, the adjacent Balgray Cottage (in separate ownership, separately listed) and barn were part of a larger group of farm buildings, surviving until the mid 20th century. The barn would have been thatched or slated originally and the corrugated-iron is a 20th century addition in the modern vernacular tradition. The traditional lime mortar is still in place though the lime harl which would have covered the building has disintegrated over time.

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