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Old Market Place, Former Smithy

A Category B Listed Building in Banff, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6644 / 57°39'51"N

Longitude: -2.5178 / 2°31'4"W

OS Eastings: 369206

OS Northings: 863952

OS Grid: NJ692639

Mapcode National: GBR N84G.H9R

Mapcode Global: WH8LW.9M98

Entry Name: Old Market Place, Former Smithy

Listing Date: 15 March 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357532

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22072

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Banff

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Banff

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

1793 and 1796, on 17th century site, with later addition and alterations. 2 parallel, single storey and loft, former meal-houses

or stores, facing N and abutting pavement; further early 20th

century parallel gabled range at E. Harled, the earlier buildings

with tooled ashlar margins. Former meal stores each with ground

floor doorway and round-headed loft entrance immediately above. W range with re-used apex bellcote. Apex stacks; courrugated-asbestos and corrugated-iron roofs.

Statement of Interest

These former Banff Burgh meal-houses or stores held rents in kind received by the burgh: these were either re-sold to realise cash or retained for distribution in times of hardship. Their survival is most unusual.

The bellcote probably came from the former Banff Grammar School (9 Old Market Place), built in 1780 but raised to 2 storeys in 1805. When heightened the pediment and bellcote were removed as they could not be accommodated on the building in its present gabled form. The meal-house range was converted as a smithy in 1902.

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