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Hay Memorial Hall, Mid Street, Cornhill

A Category B Listed Building in Ordiquhill, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6116 / 57°36'41"N

Longitude: -2.6956 / 2°41'44"W

OS Eastings: 358534

OS Northings: 858167

OS Grid: NJ585581

Mapcode National: GBR M8PL.ZT3

Mapcode Global: WH7KV.KYK8

Plus Code: 9C9VJ863+JP

Entry Name: Hay Memorial Hall, Mid Street, Cornhill

Listing Name: Cornhill, Mid Street, Hay Memorial Hall and Warden's Cottage

Listing Date: 4 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352937

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18788

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ordiquhill

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Parish: Ordiquhill

Traditional County: Banffshire

Tagged with: Hall

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Duncan MacMillan, dated 1893. Arts and Crafts style Hall, adjoined to mid-later 19th century cottage. Gifted by William Hay (see notes). T-plan 2-storey on raised basement, orientated N-S, with earlier cottage at right angles to S for warden. Coursed stugged ashlar, polished ashlar dressings. Base course, moulded cill course, light hoodmoulds with keystones.

N GABLE ELEVATION: 5-bay; shaped gable to 3 centre bays with single storey 1-bay wings; ashlar steps with low balustrade to broad depressed-arch doorway at centre, set in heavy doorpiece of pilastered jambs flanked by paired, half-fluted pilasters.

Panelled 2-leaf door with 4-pane fanlight. Cornice and blocking course above flanked by pedimented initial plaques. Corbelled clock tower in Renaissance panel at apex; blue enamelled clock face with gilded numerals in pilastered panel. Surmounted by cornice and broken pediment with finial flanked by obelisks. 2 outer bays at ground floor with corniced ashlar panels. Flanking skewputts extended into pillars with domed finials.

E & W ELEVATIONS: 3-bay with further single bay, advanced, gabled wings.

Depressed arch windows to 3 central bays linked by impost course. Window in corniced panel to each wing; semi-circular attic window to W.

S ELEVATION: large depressed-arch ashlar mullioned and transomed window at rear.

Square lead-pane glazing patterns in timber casement windows, (see interior).

Grey slates with decorative pierced clay ridge tiles. Crowstepped gable with finials. Gabled, louvred timber ventilators to roof and ridge ventilator. Lead guttering retained.

INTERIOR: sub-divided; Hall with Committee Room and Cloakrooms to S. Hall match-boarded to dado rail, raised stage to S with apsed recess flanked by fluted pilasters, and doors with corniced doorcases. Panelled gallery to N. Ribbed wooden ceiling. Stained glass to all windows; to N incorporating roundel with portrait bust of William Hay, initials and date 1893.

Committee Room with large stained glass window with flowers, swags and abstract patterns.

WARDENS COTTAGE TO S: mid to later 19th century, given minor details in common with hall; single storey and attic, 5-bay cottage at right angles to hall. Block and sneck whinstone droved ashlar dressings.

S ELEVATION: 5 windows at ground, central gable breaking eaves with nepus gable bearing round-arched window to attic. Late 19th century dormer to attic. Entrance at rear through Hall, and further door to N in ashlar panel, flanked by window. Sash and case windows; 3-pane upper, 2-pane lower sash.

Ashlar coped skews, corniced stacks, decorative cans, finial to W gable; Terracotta ridge tiles skylight.

Statement of Interest

William Hay was a pupil of Ordiquhill School, Cornhill in 1835. He later amassed a fortune, goldmining in Australia, and gifted the Hall to his native parish. Duncan MacMillan also remodelled Cornhill UF Church, and probably the Manse (listed separately). He also built Aberchirder UP Church c1870. Store extension approved 1993.

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