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8 Back Path and 18 High Street

A Category B Listed Building in Banff, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357317

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21880

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Banff

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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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