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Albyn Place, Albyn Cottage (Originally on Albyn Lane), Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls, to Rear of 1 Albyn Place

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1423 / 57°8'32"N

Longitude: -2.1135 / 2°6'48"W

OS Eastings: 393232

OS Northings: 805718

OS Grid: NJ932057

Mapcode National: GBR S98.ML

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.HRT0

Entry Name: Albyn Place, Albyn Cottage (Originally on Albyn Lane), Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls, to Rear of 1 Albyn Place

Listing Date: 5 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395309

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47911

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Early 19th century; late 20th century alterations. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, traditional house with modern corridor adjoining 1-5 Albyn Place (not included in listing). Coursed granite rubble with cherry-cocking; long and short tooled dressings. Long and short quoins; eaves course.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical; doorway to centre of ground floor, replacement panelled timber door with fanlight above, windows to flanking bays to left and right; regular fenestration to 1st floor.

E ELEVATION: gabled; obscured by late 20th century addition adjoining 1 Albyn Place.

N ELEVATION: not seen 2000.

W ELEVATION: gabled; late 20th century glass corridor adjoining 1-5 Albyn Place to ground floor.

Predominantly 18-pane replacement timber sash and case windows (originally 12-pane). Replacement purple-grey slate roof with metal ridge. Coped gablehead stacks with circular and octagonal cans. Cast-iron and PVCu rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: gableted square-plan granite gatepiers to S on Albyn Lane, flanked by brick coped rubble walls, gateway infilled (2000).

Statement of Interest

Albyn Place was originally built on the lands of Rubislaw, owned by James Skene. Skene lived in Albyn Place in Edinburgh (hence the same name in Aberdeen), and commissioned Archibald Elliot to prepare a scheme for Aberdeen based on the New Town in Edinburgh. Albyn Place was the only part of Elliot's scheme to be executed, the remainder being remodelled by Archibald Simpson just over a decade later, and again in the 1840s. Albyn Cottage is more traditional in design than the remainder of Albyn Place, and its location facing Albyn Lane suggests it predates Simpson's scheme. Despite the alterations, Albyn Cottage survives as a good example of an early traditional house, few of which survive in this area.

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