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Latitude: 57.6633 / 57°39'47"N
Longitude: -2.523 / 2°31'22"W
OS Eastings: 368894
OS Northings: 863833
OS Grid: NJ688638
Mapcode National: GBR N84G.LWS
Mapcode Global: WH8LW.6NT3
Entry Name: 8 Back Path and 18 High Street
Listing Date: 22 February 1972
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 357317
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21880
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banff and District
Traditional County: Banffshire
Dated 1739. 2-storey and dormerless attic over raised basement, 5-bay house on sloping site, with gable end to High Street. Harled with ashlar margins. Centre door; much altered ground floor fenestration. Regular narrow windows in lst floor, paired in outer bays. Ground, lst and 2 attic windows in return gable to High Street; also modern wing with garage in ground floor and 2 windows in lst. Plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows.
Inscribed and dated plaque above centre lst floor window; angle mural sundial at Back Path/High Street corner. Crowstepped E gable with substantial coped stack; renewed stack at W gable. Slate roof with modern roof lights;
Subdivided: 18 High Street (upper section) accessed at ground floor door to rear, off High Street.
INTERIOR: largely reconfigured. Evidence of wide segmental arch exposed within internal wall to 1st floor.
An important and early building in Banff, this structure forms a key corner component of the High Street and Back Path. Plaque above lst floor window inscribed:- 'George Massie, Elspet Morrison l739 God's Providence is our Inheritance'. The segmental fireplace arch suggests the property linked internally to the 18th century property known as the 'Turrets' (demolished) on the site now occupied by the Banff museum and library building of 1902 (see separate listing).
List description and statutory address updated 2009.
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