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Weigh Office and Cart Shed, Oldmeldrum Station

A Category B Listed Building in Mid Formartine, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.3335 / 57°20'0"N

Longitude: -2.3276 / 2°19'39"W

OS Eastings: 380377

OS Northings: 827040

OS Grid: NJ803270

Mapcode National: GBR N9MB.LD8

Mapcode Global: WH8NJ.6XWZ

Entry Name: Weigh Office and Cart Shed, Oldmeldrum Station

Listing Date: 3 August 2004

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397600

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49907

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Meldrum

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mid Formartine

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Mid 19th century. Single storey, rectangular plan building. Roughly squared coursed rubble with red sandstone margins and quoins; timber-boarded section to W end.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: to right, timber-boarded section with full height timber-boarded door. To centre, 2 round-arched openings with 2-leaf timber-boarded doors; to left, timber panelled door; to far left, window (partly boarded-up).

S (REAR) ELEVATION: blank wall; largely obscured by adjoining building (not listed).

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: single window (bricked-up) to right.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: blank gable pitched roof; graded dark grey slates; stone skews and skewputts to E gable and to division between masonry and timber sections Corniced red sandstone gable-head stack with octagonal can to E gable; brick stack to N pitch close to W gable.

Statement of Interest

B-group with Platform Building, Oldmeldrum Station.

Listed as a good example of a mid-nineteenth century weigh office and cart shed and for its local historical importance as an original building of the Oldmeldrum station complex.

Oldmeldrum station opened in 1856 as the terminus of the Inverurie and Old Meldrum Junction Railway, a short branch line which provided a service between Inverurie Station on the Great North of Scotland line and Old Meldrum in 1866, the Inverurie and Old Meldrum Junction Railway was absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway. In 1902 the station was renamed 'Oldmeldrum' (as opposed to its original name of 'Old Meldrum'). It is possible that it was at this time that the current platform building was erected, replacing the original building which stood immediately east of the present building, and which was still extant in 1901. In 1932, passenger services on the line ceased but Oldmeldrum continued to be used by freight traffic. It was especially used for the transport of livestock and agricultural goods; an associated agricultural mart (extant; not listed) was established in the early 20th century to the south-east of the station. In 1966, the station was closed completely by British Rail. Since then, the site has been used for various industrial purposes. The brick engine shed (immediately south east of the platform building; not listed) remains, but has undergone significant extension.

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