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30-56 and 56a (Even Numbers) Victoria Street, Including Letter Box and Boundary Wall

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1444 / 57°8'39"N

Longitude: -2.1145 / 2°6'52"W

OS Eastings: 393171

OS Northings: 805954

OS Grid: NJ931059

Mapcode National: GBR S94.99

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.HPBC

Entry Name: 30-56 and 56a (Even Numbers) Victoria Street, Including Letter Box and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394827

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47499

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Midstocket/Rosemount

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Archibald Simpson, designed 1843, predominantly built after 1849. Single storey and attic, 34-bay terrace comprising 2-bay and 3-bay cottages. Coursed granite rubble finely finished to margins. Base course; panelled aprons; eaves course; dormers to attic floor; doorways predominantly pilastered or with timber fretwork carving to lintel; panelled timber doors with letterbox fanlights.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; Nos 30, 44, 48, 50, 52 and 56: symmetrical; 3-bay; doorway to centre of ground floor, flanked to left and right by single windows; 2 canted dormers to left and right of attic floor, skylight between to Nos 44, 48 and 52, decorative round-arched dormer between to No 30, flat-roofed rectangular dormer between to No 56. Nos 32: asymmetrical; 2-bay; doorway to left of ground floor flanked to right by single window both corniced with consoles, 2 canted dormers to attic floor above. Nos 46 and 54: asymmetrical; 2-bay; doorway to right of ground floor, flanked to left by single window, 2 canted dormers to attic of No 46, canted dormer to left of attic to No 54, rectangular dormer and skylight to right. Nos 34-42: stepped-up; terrace of 5 2-bay houses; simple pedimented doorways to right of ground floor, flanked by single window to left, bipartite window to No 40; 2 timber pedimented rectangular dormers breaking eaves to attic floor of Nos 34 and 42; 2 pedimented tripartite rectangular dormers to attic of Nos 36-40.

NW ELEVATION: symmetrical; gabled; doorway to No 56A to centre of ground floor, corniced with consoles. Boundary wall adjoining to outer right.

SW ELEVATION: asymmetrical; variety of door and window openings; dormers to attic floor, predominantly tripartite pedimented dormers breaking eaves to Nos 34-42. Various additions and alterations.

SE ELEVATION: gabled.

Predominantly 2-pane and 12-pane timber sash and case windows; timber windows with top hoppers to No 48; some replacement windows to dormers. Grey slate roof with lead ridge. Stone skews, blocked skewputts to N. Coped gablehead and ridge stacks with circular and octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

LETTER BOX AND BOUNDARY WALLS: coped granite rubble wall to N including George VI wall letter box Type "C" inset; variety of rubble walls predominantly with brick coping to W; brick and rubble ancillary structure to rear of No 48.

Statement of Interest

A-Group with 1-23 Albert Street, 2-18 Albert Street, 1-34 Albert Terrace and 1 Prince Arthur Street, 2-16 Albyn Place, 31-55 Carden Place and 2 and 4 Prince Arthur Street, 1-6 Rubislaw Place and 21 and 23 Waverley Place, 7-11 Victoria Street, 17 Victoria Street, 19 Victoria Street, 21-59 Victoria Street and 181 Skene Street, 18-28 Victoria Street and 2, 6, 10 and 16 Waverley Place (see separate listings). Victoria Street was laid out by Archibald Simpson for James Skene of Rubislaw, as part of the feuing plan for the Rubislaw Estate. It is noted by Chapman and Riley as being an area "where buildings present features of special charm" (p149). The street design is unusual, in that there are 2-storey buildings on the E side and single storey and attic buildings on the W, this idea is repeated at Albert Street (see separate listings). The terraces are of simple traditional design, comprising rubble walls with finely finished dressings and canted dormers. Ferryhill Place also includes houses of similar design (see separate listings). No 30-56 Victoria Street, although designed at the same time as the remainder of the street, was not built until after the feuing plan of 1849, but was completed by 1861. It is a good example of the "Aberdeen Cottage", developed from the Butt and ben by the 1820s. Usually with 2 main rooms on the ground floor, a smaller room tucked behind and further accommodation in the attic, lit by canted dormers. A variation on this theme is seen at Nos 34-42 where the wall height is raised, and the canted dormers are replaced by gableted rectangular dormers.

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