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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 357504
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22049
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banff and District
Traditional County: Banffshire
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.
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.