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21 Bath Street, Ardgour Including Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.9679 / 56°58'4"N

Longitude: -2.217 / 2°13'1"W

OS Eastings: 386903

OS Northings: 786315

OS Grid: NO869863

Mapcode National: GBR XK.2H5N

Mapcode Global: WH9RM.X4G5

Entry Name: 21 Bath Street, Ardgour Including Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 25 November 1980

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 387869

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41571

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stonehaven

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Stonehaven

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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James Henderson, circa 1845, with later alterations. Single storey and attic, 3-bay former schoolhouse with stone-pedimented dormerheads, and gabled single storey school wings forming H-plan and further taller single storey wing to rear forming T-plan. Harled and painted with chamfered ashlar margins and quoin strips. Base course. Chamfered reveals.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: centre bay at ground floor of schoolhouse with gabled porch and part-glazed panelled timber door, windows in flanking bays and 3 windows above with gabletted dormerheads breaking eaves. Lower gabled wings projecting at outer left and right, each with centre window and arrowslit in gablehead.

N (ENTRANCE, BATH STREET) ELEVATION: projecting gabled bay of schoolroom with single window at centre; return to right with gabled porch incorporating panelled timber door and fanlight at left and 2 windows to right; similar gabled porch (opening blocked and tiny pointed-arch air vent inserted) and 2 windows on return to left. Recessed gabled wing at right with centre window, and small modern porch in re-entrant angle at left. Recessed face to left similar mirrors the above but with small early lean-to in re-entrant.

E ELEVATION: blank elevation of low wing with full-height projecting, stepped chimney breast at centre.

Late 20th century fenestration. Graded grey slates. Coped ashlar gablehead, and harled wallhead stacks with cans. Gablet coped skews with moulded pyramidal skewputts.

INTERIOR: largely modernised 1960s and 1970s, 2 timber and 1 stone fire surround retained.

BOUNDARY WALLS: semicircular- and flat-coped random rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Interest

Of special interest as a good, traditional building with an unusual plan as well as its historical importance for the development of education in Stonehaven. The school closed in 1875 with the opening of J Russell Mackenzie's new school (now Stonehaven Community Centre) at the east end of Bath Street. Sold to Lord Stonehaven for use as the Ury Estate Office, the old school subsequently passed into private ownership in the early 1920s. Alterations carried out during conversion to offices are thought to have included closure of the west facing door, at which time the porch was converted to a strong room, and sub-division of the large schoolroom into three offices.

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