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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 357532
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22072
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banff and District
Traditional County: Banffshire
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.
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.