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32 High Street, County Hotel

A Category B Listed Building in Banff, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357482

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22033

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Banff

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Banff

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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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