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Muir Croft

A Category C Listed Building in Birse, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0556 / 57°3'20"N

Longitude: -2.6993 / 2°41'57"W

OS Eastings: 357679

OS Northings: 796274

OS Grid: NO576962

Mapcode National: GBR WV.9FQQ

Mapcode Global: WH7NK.HXVH

Plus Code: 9C9V3842+67

Entry Name: Muir Croft

Listing Name: Muir Croft, Including Ancillary Structure

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394506

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47118

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Birse

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Parish: Birse

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Late 18th century. Single storey and attic, 3-bay croft with 19th century alterations, L-plan steading to rear. Coursed granite rubble with long and short dressings.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical; boarded timber door to centre of ground floor with letterbox fanlight, flanked to left and right by window; 2-pane skylight to centre of attic floor, flanked to left and right by canted piend-roofed dormer.

SE ELEVATION: gabled; blank.

NE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; boarded timber door near-centre to left with glazed panel; window flanking to right.

NW ELEVATION: gabled; blank.

9-pane and 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slate roof with tiled ridge. Coped granite gablehead stacks with circular and octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

ANCILLARY STRUCTURES AND SOUTER'S SHOP: L-plan granite steading with slate and corrugated iron roof to rear of croft, boarded timber doors, skylights to roofs; timber hay hecks survive in NW block.

Rectangular-plan, vertically boarded timber Souter's Shop to S of house, built circa 1897; granite rubble base; large decorative timber framed window set in gabled SW elevation, boarded timber door with 2-pane flanlight flanked by window to NW elevation, irregular fenestration to remainder.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Souter's Shop (see separate listing). Muir Croft lies just to the N of Marywell, the principal village on the Ballogie Estate. Marywell was originally the main market focus in Birse Parish until it was moved to Potarch in 1814. Following this most of the houses were replaced in the mid 19th century. Muir Croft appears to be much earlier than the cottages in Marywell, however it seems likely that the dormer windows were added in the mid 19th century by way of improvement.

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