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Latitude: 57.6645 / 57°39'52"N
Longitude: -2.523 / 2°31'22"W
OS Eastings: 368897
OS Northings: 863965
OS Grid: NJ688639
Mapcode National: GBR N84G.DXB
Mapcode Global: WH8LW.6MV5
Entry Name: 32 High Street, County Hotel
Listing Date: 22 February 1972
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 357482
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22033
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banff and District
Traditional County: Banffshire
Later 18th century. 2 storeys over raised basement, 5 symmetrical bays; site slopes to rear revealing 3 storeys and attic, also 5 bays. Tooled ashlar frontage with painted ashlar margins and dressings. Harled return gable and rear, also with ashlar margins.
Centre entrance masked by projecting square painted ashlar porch, 1825-30, with centre door under wide radial fanlight and side lights; clasped angle pilasters and corniced blocked wallhead. Porch oversails raised basement.
Outer (and rear) windows paired; timber sash and case windows with 12-pane glazing; corniced blocked wallhead; slate roof; moulded corniced end stacks.
REAR: later forestair serves new rear entrance; enlarged raised basement window; 2 modern box dormers; varied glazing.
INTERIOR: stairhall with wide staircase; simple wooden stick balusters and polished wooden handrail; ground floor room to left, former parlour, with anthemion frieze and chimneypiece, both of l825-30. Raised and fielded l8th century panelled doors and window shutters; also beaded panelled window shutters of l825-30.
Home of George Garden Robinson (circa 1756-1844), son of George Robinson, thread maker, and allegedly built for himself in 1778. G G Robinson and his father (see Boyndie Street) were Provosts of Banff almost continuously between 1790-1831.
Note that the S wing of 32 High Street now forms separate dwelling with 30 High Street and is listed separately. Porch, renewed panelling and some internal features suggest re-furbishment l825-30: stylistically this work was by either Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, or William Robertson, Elgin.
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