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Glen Tanar Estate, Little Tulloch, Including Ancillary Structure, Gates and Boundary Walls

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0587 / 57°3'31"N

Longitude: -2.9168 / 2°55'0"W

OS Eastings: 344494

OS Northings: 796777

OS Grid: NO444967

Mapcode National: GBR WL.982Y

Mapcode Global: WH7NG.5VB3

Entry Name: Glen Tanar Estate, Little Tulloch, Including Ancillary Structure, Gates and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394481

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47090

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

Probably George Truefitt, late 19th century. Single storey and attic, 3-bay, T-plan house, with single storey wing. Squared and snecked granite; rough-faced dressings finely finished to margins. Sloping, projecting cills; crowstepped gables.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; principal pitch oversailing porch to centre bay at ground floor, tripartite window, glazed panelled doors to left and right returns; tripartite window to flanking bay to and right; piend-roofed, canted dormer to centre of attic floor. Single storey wing to outer left with tripartite window.

NE ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; window off-centre to left of ground floor; tripartite window set in gable to attic floor; geometric finial.

NW ELEVATION: asymmetrical; single storey lean-to to right of ground floor, 2 small bipartite windows to right, bipartite window to left return. Single storey wing advanced to outer right, NW elevation blank, convex-shouldered boarded doorway set in crowstepped gable to left return, boarded timber door, glazed panelled timber door flanking to left; right return see below.

SW ELEVATION: ground floor obscured by single storey wing, 2-leaf boarded timber door to right, irregular fenestration to left; tripartite window set in gable to attic floor. Iron finial to apex of gable.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows with decorative stained glass. 2-tone grey slate roof with fishscale banding and lead ridge. Rough-faced, shouldered, coped granite wallhead stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

ANCILLARY STRUCTURE: single storey, 3-bay, rubble ancillary structure with piend-roofed, rough-faced additions to SW and NE, to NW of house.

SE Elevation: asymmetrical; 3-bay; boarded timber door to centre, flanked to right by boarded timber door, glazed panelled timber door to bay to left, flanked by window timber window to left; boarded timber doors to additions to outer left and right.

SW and NE Elevations: blank.

NW Elevation: asymmetrical; small infilled opening to centre; principal pitch oversailing porch to bay to right, some slate missing, small opening to right return; boarded timber door to bay to left.

Single timber sash and case windows, other window openings infilled. Purple grey slate roof with stone ridge. Stone skews. Coped granite gablehead stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods, missing in places.

Interior: not seen 1998.

GATES AND BOUNDARY WALLS: stepped down, rough-faced boundary wall with rough-faced coping encloses garden to SE of house, 2 looped iron gates to left and right of entrance porch. Rubble walls to NW, iron gate to NE.

Statement of Interest

The Glen Tanar Estate was originally a deer forest which was part of the Aboyne Castle Estate. In 1869 Sir William Cunliffe Brooks, a Manchester banker and MP, bought the estate from the 10th Marquis of Huntly. He employed Thomas Mawson to layout the garden and estate, George Truefitt as architect, and 250 masons to construct the buildings, built of granite quarried locally. Truefitt designed a variety of quirky, originally detailed buildings ranging from the wildly detailed rogue gothic house to simple tiny cottages. Although there is no firm evidence indicating that Truefitt designed Little Tulloch, the masonry techniques, unusual proportions and original detailing strongly suggest that he did.

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