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Carriage House, St Margaret's R.C. Church, Ballater Road, Aboyne

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

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Latitude: 57.0752 / 57°4'30"N

Longitude: -2.7849 / 2°47'5"W

OS Eastings: 352515

OS Northings: 798511

OS Grid: NO525985

Mapcode National: GBR WR.86Z4

Mapcode Global: WH7NJ.6F4G

Plus Code: 9C9V36G8+33

Entry Name: Carriage House, St Margaret's R.C. Church, Ballater Road, Aboyne

Listing Name: Aboyne, Ballater Road, St Margaret's Rc Church, Including Adjoining Presbytery, Ancillary Structure, Gates Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394435

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47052

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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1874. Single storey, apsidal ended church plain gothicwith adjoining single storey and attic presbytery to S. Tooled, squared and snecked pink and grey granite with finely finished margins. Rough-faced base course; set off buttresses; chamfered reveals to church; flattened pointed-arched windows to church; eaves course.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 4-bay; bipartite windows to 2 centre bays; single stained glass window to recessed apse to bay to outer right; gableted porch advanced to bay to outer left, decorative stop-chamfered doorway; 2-leaf boarded timber door with elaborate strap hinges, stained glass quatrefoil set in gablehead above, decorative iron work finial to apex.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; canted apse to bay to outer left, irregular fenestration and additions to 3 bays to right.

S ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 3-bay; 2-pane window to centre of ground floor, flanked to left and right by 4-pane windows; gableted window breaking eaves to bay to left of attic floor, flanked to right by 2-pane skylight.

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 4-bay; gabled bay of chapel advanced to outer right, geometric-traceried pointed-arch window to centre, with hoodmould; round-arched niche containing statue set in gablehead; stone cross to apex; bipartite window to right return. Manse to adjoining 3 bays to left: advanced gabled bay to outer left, with canted 4-light window through ground and 1st floor; grey granite lean-to porch to re-entrant angle to right, 3 stained glass windows, stained glass panelled timber door to right return; window to ground floor of flanking bay to right, gableted window breaking eaves to attic floor above.

Predominantly 2-pane and 4-pane timber sash and case windows to presbytery; replacement textured plate glass windows to church. Purple-grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped stone skews with carved label stops. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: presbytery not seen 1998. Church: modern; boarded timber below dado, full height boarded timber apse; open pine roof; timber pews.

ANCILLARY STRUCTURE, GATES, GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: former carriage house enclosed by granite rubble boundary wall to SW. Rubble boundary wall with pointed coping to all sides of church and manse; coped, square-plan, rough-faced gatepiers to N; 2-leaf ironwork gates.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such 1998. St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church is mentioned by Groome as being built in 1874, seating 120. He also describes it as "an imposing structure though small...[which] draws members from a wide area" (Groome, p30).

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