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Latitude: 56.7044 / 56°42'15"N
Longitude: -3.7387 / 3°44'19"W
OS Eastings: 293645
OS Northings: 758311
OS Grid: NN936583
Mapcode National: GBR KC40.24Q
Mapcode Global: WH5MJ.JRX7
Entry Name: 156 Atholl Road, Sunnybrae Cottage
Listing Date: 10 July 1991
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 385740
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB39866
Building Class: Cultural
County: Perth and Kinross
Electoral Ward: Highland
Traditional County: Perthshire
Southwest (entrance) elevation: symmetrical. Part-glazed timber door to centre with windows in flanking bays.
Southeast (Larchwood Road) elevation: plain gabled elevation.
Northwest elevation: plain gable with small blocked window to right.
Plate glass glazing. Limewashed rubble chimneystack to west, brick chimneystack to east. Plain bargeboarding. Corrugated-iron over thatched roof. Thatch consisting of variety of materials, layers include cereal straw, some light grey clay, grassy turves (laid grass side down), rye straw and broom twigs. Supporting cabers of small-diameter pine and birch. Hanging lum framework timbers above west gable.
Interior: east gable with corbel stone in recess behind later chimney (would have supported ridge tree prior to raising ridge height). West gable with small brick-blocked window to south. Two crucks supporting roof, each of two parts with upper blade fixed to lower upright just above level of present ceiling joists.
Property in Care of Scottish Ministers.
This is a rare and fine surviving example of a cruck-framed, thatched cottage. The earliest recorded detail found by Holden and Engl is for 1881 when Sunnybrae Cottage was inhabited by Catherine McDougall, retired dressmaker aged 74. RRDA records show that in 1945 permission for alterations and additions to Sunnybrae were requested for Mrs A Macdonald by Robert Gow, Blair Atholl. Stob thatching technique probably used for constructing thatch.
Cruck framing was a building technique used throughout Scotland, with the exception of the islands where timber was scarce. Sunnybrae is characteristic of these cottages, in that it is a low, single-storey, three-bay dwelling. Surviving cottages with intact cruck frames are rare.
It is among a relatively small number of traditional buildings with a surviving thatched roof found across Scotland. A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, published in 2016 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), found there were only around 200 buildings of this type remaining, most of which are found in small rural communities. Thatched buildings are often traditionally built, showing distinctive local and regional building methods and materials. Those that survive are important in helping us understand these traditional skills and an earlier way of life.
Listing category changed from B to A in 1998. Previously a Scheduled Monument. The scheduling was removed in 2013.
Listed building record revised in 2019 as part of the Thatched Buildings Listing Review 2017-19.
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