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53 Low Street, Tolbooth Hotel and Old Jail

A Category B Listed Building in Banff, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6646 / 57°39'52"N

Longitude: -2.5221 / 2°31'19"W

OS Eastings: 368947

OS Northings: 863982

OS Grid: NJ689639

Mapcode National: GBR N84G.F9M

Mapcode Global: WH8LW.7M72

Entry Name: 53 Low Street, Tolbooth Hotel and Old Jail

Listing Date: 22 February 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357504

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22049

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Banff

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Banff

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

Dated 1801, probably containing earlier fabric. 3 storeys, wide

3 bays. Harled, painted margins.

Ground floor filled by early 20th century shopfront with long fascia board and delicate cast-iron mullions supporting shallow segmental-headed fretted overthrows; entry to hotel in return

gable to Strait Path.

Large blind Venetian window in centre of lst floor with flanking windows; 3 2nd floor windows break wallhead under piended gables; 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Coped end stacks, at S with early 18th century style moulded cope; flat skews with run-off skewputts; slate roof.

REAR: 2-storey, 2-bay return gable (2,4 Strait Path) with doorway. 1 small and 1 larger window in lst floor. Also entrance to yard with small 2-storey, irregular 2-bay white washed rubble cottage (old jail); centre door, varied fenestration including 2 very small lst floor lights and 2 blind windows. Corrugated-iron roof.

Statement of Interest

Banff Tolbooth was constructed on this site in l712. Allegedly this was demolished in 1801. Surviving details such as an early 18th century chimneyhead and the rear cottage, said to be the old jail, suggest that the building was adapted rather than completely demolished. The large Venetian window may have been a feature of the former tolbooth and survived in its present blind form for traditional reasons.

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