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Masonic Hall, Charlestown Road, Aboyne

A Category B Listed Building in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0739 / 57°4'26"N

Longitude: -2.7803 / 2°46'48"W

OS Eastings: 352791

OS Northings: 798370

OS Grid: NO527983

Mapcode National: GBR WR.87ZL

Mapcode Global: WH7NJ.8G9D

Plus Code: 9C9V36F9+HV

Entry Name: Masonic Hall, Charlestown Road, Aboyne

Listing Name: Aboyne, Charleston Road, the Old Free Kirk

Listing Date: 9 May 1997

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390984

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44449

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aboyne and Glen Tanar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Aboyne And Glen Tanar

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

1859. Rectangular-plan Gothic former Free church with square-plan tower and hall to rear. Squared pink granite blocks with finely finished pink sandstone dressings. Diagonal buttresses; pointed-arched window and door openings.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: Entrance Tower: 2-stage rising to stone spire; moulded, chamfered doorway to ground floor, 2-leaf boarded timber door; round window above; tripartite louvred openings to 2nd stage with clock face to front; 4 columned and pedimented lucarnes at broached spire with 4 further (smaller) lucarnes; Masonic symbol finial. Window to each flanking bay with single storey squinches to re-entrant angles.

SW ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 3-bay, window to each bay (currently undergoing alteration). Single bay advanced to outer right, bipartite window to centre, doorway and window to left return, right return not seen 1998.

SE ELEVATION: ground floor obscured by hall; wheel window set in gablehead.

NE ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 3-bay; window to each bay.

Diamond-pane leaded windows. Graded grey slate roof with stone skews and mannered skewputs. Coped gablehead stack with circular can to SE.

INTERIOR: dais and round-headed half-columned reredos to (ecclesiastical) east end; wagon roof with stencilled decoration, corbelled wall posts.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building no longer in use a such. The congregation which formerly worshipped here held their first services in the sawmill of Aboyne until a church and manse was built in Birse Parish in 1843-4. The congregation moved to this building in 1859 and ecclesiastical use continued after the union of the Established and Free churches in 1929 until 1940 when it was used as a store for the duration of the Second World War. From 1946 until 1993 the building was used as a Masonic Temple, since when it has enjoyed wider use. The building is in a prominent position overlooking Aboyne Green.

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