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Latitude: 57.1448 / 57°8'41"N
Longitude: -2.1346 / 2°8'4"W
OS Eastings: 391950
OS Northings: 806001
OS Grid: NJ919060
Mapcode National: GBR S68.ZD
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.5PR2
Entry Name: 43 Forest Road at Carlton Place, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 17 June 1992
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355860
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20699
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Robert Gordon Wilson, 1899. 2-storey and attic villa with stylised Jacobean detailing. Rough-faced grey granite ashlar to Forest Road and Carlton Place elevations with contrasting pale grey dressings, granite rubble to remainder, finely finished to margins. Base course; moulded cill courses and string courses between floors; swept-down overhanging eaves; piend-roofed dormers to attic floor.
SW (FOREST ROAD) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled bay to left, with 3-light canted window through ground and 1st floors forming balcony to attic floor with scalloped crenellated parapet and spherical finials, round-arched window set in shaped gablehead, with square-plan obelisk finial to apex. Bipartite window to ground floor of bay to right, single window to 1st floor, bipartite window to attic floor.
SE ELEVATION: gable to left; variety of openings.
NE ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 2-bay; gabled; window to left of ground floor, semi-circular-plan modern conservatory to right; regular fenestration to 1st floor; round-arched window set in gablehead.
NW (CARLTON PLACE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 3-bay; round-arched doorway to ground floor of bay to left, with deep set door, window flanking to left, bipartite window to 1st floor above, 4-light dormer to attic floor; 2 gabled bays to right, regular fenestration to ground and 1st floors, small round-arched window with leaded glass and chamfered reveals centred in gablehead, cusped string moulding on gablehead stack.
Timber sash and case windows with small-pane upper sashes. Grey slate roof with metal ridges. Coped stone skews with square-plan obelisk skewputts to Forest Road and Carlton Place gables, blocked skewputts to remainder. Coped gablehead stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: not seen 2000.
GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped rough-faced granite walls to SW and NW, Aberdeen bond walls to remainder; single gatepiers to S with scrolled cap (shared with 39 and 41 Forest Road, see separate listing); 2 square-plan gatepiers to W, corniced with spherical finials.
Forest Road is built on the site of Stocket Forest, hence the appropriate name which was chosen by Sir Alexander Anderson, Lord Provost at the time. From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 43 Forest Road is part of the later 19th century development W of Queen's Cross. Streets became wider and villas with substantial gardens often replaced terraces. Prestigious architects, such Robert Gordon Wilson (1844-1931) (of Ellis and Wilson), were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. Particularly noteworthy are the canted windows with scalloped crenellations, swept down eaves and obelisk skewputts.
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