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Fochabers, High Street, Milne's High School and Enclosing Walls with Gatepiers

A Category A Listed Building in Fochabers Lhanbryde, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6115 / 57°36'41"N

Longitude: -3.0916 / 3°5'29"W

OS Eastings: 334874

OS Northings: 858467

OS Grid: NJ348584

Mapcode National: GBR L8QL.Y72

Mapcode Global: WH6JJ.HY0B

Entry Name: Fochabers, High Street, Milne's High School and Enclosing Walls with Gatepiers

Listing Date: 26 January 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332230

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1560

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bellie

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Fochabers Lhanbryde

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

Thomas Mackenzie, 1845-6. Neo-Tudor, 2-storey square school
with principal elevation to N and mirrored return elevations
E and W. Tooled ashlar, polished ashlar sandstone dressings.
9-bay principal N elevation with advanced outer and centre
bays linked by 3-bay arcades with terrace above fronting 1st
floor windows. Centre bay pierced by full-height hoodmoulded
arch framing recessed entrance and 1st floor window. Clasping
octagonal buttresses rise above wallhead as cusped octagonal
pinnacles with exaggerated stiff-leaf finials, crenellated
wallhead supporting niche housing statue of founder, crowned
as pinnacles but more ornate. Substantial oriel window in 1st
floor of outer bays.
E AND W ELEVATIONS: each of 7 bays with advanced centre bay
with hoodmoulded Tudor arched entrance; similarly treated
ground floor fenestration. Centre 1st floor window under
stepped hoodmould.
Multi-pane margined glazing; continuous string course links
all 1st floor windows.
Square tower on rear elevation rises single stage above
centre of building with crenellated angle finials and
wallhead. Similarly detailed octagonal angle turrets to each
advanced bay; decorative crenellation to wallhead with
intermediate finials. Slate roofs.
Low terrace with ashlar retaining wall and shallow flight
steps fronts building.
INTERIOR: main assembly hall fitted as gymnasium; wide stone
staircase rises to 1st floor.
ENCLOSING WALLS WITH GATEPIERS: low coped retaining wall to
High Street frontage with entrance flanked by octagonal
ashlar gatepiers with ornate stiff-leaf finialled caps. Site
enclosed with coped wall; simple ashlar gatepiers flank W
entrance to Institution Road.

Statement of Interest

'Milne's Free Schools' inscribed at base of founder's statue.

School gifted and endowed by legacy ($20,000) of Alexander

Milne (died 1839), a native of Fochabers and former employee

of Gordon Castle who emigrated to America and made a fortune,

most of which he left to his native town.

Various modern freestanding school buildings not included in

listing.

Upgraded: B to A, 24.03.88

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