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Latitude: 57.1873 / 57°11'14"N
Longitude: -2.5631 / 2°33'47"W
OS Eastings: 366062
OS Northings: 810856
OS Grid: NJ660108
Mapcode National: GBR X0.7TW2
Mapcode Global: WH8P5.LMP1
Entry Name: Millbank Cottage, Sauchen
Listing Date: 20 June 2003
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396828
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49295
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Westhill and District
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Robert Reid Shepherd, circa 1902. Small, rectangular-plan, symmetrical single-storey and attic timber-boarded cottage with bargeboarded overhanging eaves. Granite base-course. Regular fenestration.
E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 3-bay elevation. To ground floor, timber and glazed door in architraved opening to centre bay; architraved bipartite windows to left and right bays. To attic floor, to left and right bays, pitched-roof tripartite dormers with moulded timber mullions and transom, timber apex finials (missing to left bay) and barge-boarded overhanging eaves with kingposts; small cast-iron roof-light to centre bay.
W (REAR) ELEVATION: single architraved window to centre.
N (SIDE) ELEVATION: brick chimney-back to centre; architraved window to right.
S (SIDE) ELEVATION: brick (with some granite rubble to base) chimney-back to centre; architraved window to right.
GLAZING etc: to ground floor, plate glass in timber sash and case windows; to dormers, plate glass glazing in timber casement windows. Pitched corrugated iron roof; moulded bargeboards. To S and N, corniced brick gable-head apex stacks with octagonal cans.
INTERIOR: to ground floor: entrance hall with timber-boarded walls and ceiling, and timber stair with turned newels; to S room, timber-boarded walls and ceiling, moulded timber cornice; to N room, moulded timber cornice.
Millbank Cottage is a good unaltered example of a vernacular timber building in the North East of Scotland. Its merit is enhanced by the quality of detailing in features such as the window architraves and dormer design.
Robert Reid Shepherd was a joiner who did extensive work for the Cluny Estate and elsewhere in the North-East. He built Millbank Cottage for himself just prior to his marriage.
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