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Old Drill Hall, 7 The Square, Aberlour

A Category C Listed Building in Speyside Glenlivet, Moray

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Latitude: 57.471 / 57°28'15"N

Longitude: -3.2265 / 3°13'35"W

OS Eastings: 326535

OS Northings: 842964

OS Grid: NJ265429

Mapcode National: GBR L8DZ.8QZ

Mapcode Global: WH6K7.DHT1

Plus Code: 9C9RFQCF+9C

Entry Name: Old Drill Hall, 7 The Square, Aberlour

Listing Name: 7 Victoria Terrace, Old School (Former Drill Hall)

Listing Date: 22 February 1972

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356076

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20874

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberlour

County: Moray

Town: Aberlour

Electoral Ward: Speyside Glenlivet

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Thomas Mackenzie, 1850. T-plan single storey Italianate former school. Harled

rubble with tooled ashlar margins, rubble E elevation.

7-bay N elevation, entrance E and S, at S masked by gabled

porch. Squared-headed fenestration except in gables where

tripartites have block imposts and single small oculus

above. Round-headed bellcote at S gable under diminutive

deep-eaved slate roof. Coped wallhead stacks; slate roofs

with deep eaves.

Statement of Interest

Prominently situated opposite the parish church. This building was originally built as a school, and is shown on the 1874 OS map in use as such. By 1905 a new school had been erected, and this building was used as a drill hall. It was designed by Thomas Mackenzie (1841-54) of Mackenzie and Matthews in 1850, but was built sometime after Mackenzie's death (it does not appear on the 1855 Plan of the Burgh of Barony of Charleston of Aberlour). Despite his short life, Mackenzie was a prolific architect. Born in Perthshire, ne moved to Aberdeen in 1835 and trained with both John Smith and Archibald Simpson. In 1839 he moved to Elgin, taking over William Robertson's practice in 1841, where he was joined by James Matthews in 1844. Mackenzie was a competent handler of building styles, and among more famous buildings are the neo-Tudor Milne's High School at Fochabers (1845-6) and the Italianate Elgin Museum (1842). The Bell from the bellcote hangs in the present Aberlour primary school.

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