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Latitude: 57.0237 / 57°1'25"N
Longitude: -3.0729 / 3°4'22"W
OS Eastings: 334964
OS Northings: 793023
OS Grid: NO349930
Mapcode National: GBR WD.CHW5
Mapcode Global: WH6MF.RQXD
Plus Code: 9C9R2WFG+FR
Entry Name: School House, Mill Of Sterin
Listing Name: Mill of Sterin School and Schoolhouse
Listing Date: 25 November 1980
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 341568
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB9306
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Glenmuick, Tullich and Glengairn
Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Parish: Glenmuick, Tullich And Glengairn
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Tagged with: School
Circa 1855. T-plan, single storey school and schoolhouse. Harled with granite dressings.
School: running NS at W. 3-bay elevation to W; gabled porch projecting at centre, segmental-arched doorway with panelled door and plate glass fanlight, narrow windows on returns, blind to left return. Gabled end elevations with round-arched attic windows; further window at ground to S elevation. Later lean-to porch in re-entrant angle to rear, part-glazed door, small window flanking to right. School room adjoining to left.
Schoolroom: gabled wing running E-W, adjoined to S of schoolhouse. 3 windows to S, 2 to N with smaller bathroom (?) window to right. Later, timber, gabled addition to E gable end with free timber framing in gablehead.
Small-pane sash and case windows with mullion effect central astragal to schoolhouse. Schoolroom with similarly detailed fixed windows wit top-hoppers. Smaller windows 4-pane sash and case. Overhanging eaves. Graded grey slates. Harled stacks with ashlar dressings. Metal ventilator to schoolroom. Modern rooflights to rear.
The use of a pronounced vertical, central astragal in sash and case windows, to mimic bipartite casements, was a strong trademark of J and W Smith from about 1830 to 1848. The name Sterin derives from the original name for Birkhall, here revived, referring to stepping stones across the River Muick. The school is presumably one of Prince Albert's many works of improvement in the area for the labouring classes. A new school, possibly this one, was erected near Birkhall in 1852. It consisted of a schoolroom for 50-60 scholars and rooms for the teacher. The school and schoolhouse are dignified and well-detailed.
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