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Ferrar Steading, Including Ancillary Structure and Enclosure

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0784 / 57°4'42"N

Longitude: -2.8523 / 2°51'8"W

OS Eastings: 348433

OS Northings: 798923

OS Grid: NO484989

Mapcode National: GBR WN.845Y

Mapcode Global: WH7NH.5B1Y

Entry Name: Ferrar Steading, Including Ancillary Structure and Enclosure

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394466

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47082

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aboyne and Glen Tanar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Dated 1831. Single storey and attic, near-symmetrical, U-plan steading. Coursed pink and grey granite. Long and short quoins and dressings; boarded timber doors and openings.

EXTERIOR:

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 5-bay; irregularly placed openings to 3 centre bays, window to bay to outer left, double opening to bay to outer right. Gabled left return, doorway to left of ground floor, stone steps running from right up to doorway to centre of attic floor with datestone reading "1831", stone cheesepress below, square opening set in gablehead.

N ELEVATION: asymmetrical; irregularly placed openings.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 5-bays; 3 basket-arched former cartshed openings to centre the bays at ground floor, with flat timber doors; timber door to ground floor of bay to outer left; piend-roofed boarded timber door breaking eaves to attic floor of bay to outer right; regularly placed boarded openings to remaining 4 bays of attic floor. Gabled right return, doorway to right of ground floor, stone steps running from left up to timber doorway to centre of attic floor.

COURTYARD:

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical; irregularly placed openings to ground floor; regularly placed openings to attic floor.

S ELEVATION: basket-arched opening to centre flanked to 2 infilled basket-arched openings; irregularly placed door and window openings to ground floor; regularly placed openings to attic floor; irregularly placed 2-pane skylights.

W ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 5 doors to ground floor; regularly placed 2-pane skylights to attic floor.

Predominantly boarded timber window openings. Graded grey slate roof with stone ridge. Stone skews with blocked skewputs. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: some troughs and stalls still in place, remainder not seen 1998.

ANCILLARY STRUCTURE: single storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan ancillary structure to S of courtyard. 2 boarded timber doors to S, flanked to left by infilled doorway; 2 square openings to N, square opening set in gablhead to E. Graded grey slate roof with stone ridge. Stone skews with blocked skewputs. Cast-iron rainwater goods, missing in places.

ENCLOSURE: rectangular-plan, battered dry stone enclosure with rubble coping to E of Steading; gateway to centre of W wall.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Ferrar Farmhouse (see separate lising). Ferrar was once a residence of a branch of the Huntly family (Fraser p161), and is shown on the Aboyne Castle Estate Map (RHP 3303). Its appearance on Blaeu's map suggests it was one of the oldest farms on the estate. The old highway originally ran through the farm buildings at Ferrar. The house and steading are good examples of Improvement farm design, providing high quality housing for the farmer and drawing all the functions of the farm together in the planned steading.

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