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Keig, Glebe Field Hall and Stables

A Category C Listed Building in Keig, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.2618 / 57°15'42"N

Longitude: -2.6456 / 2°38'44"W

OS Eastings: 361155

OS Northings: 819200

OS Grid: NJ611192

Mapcode National: GBR M9TJ.JRK

Mapcode Global: WH8NR.BQFW

Entry Name: Keig, Glebe Field Hall and Stables

Listing Date: 18 July 2005

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398017

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50132

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Keig

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Probably John Smith, 1834; E range converted 1930s. Pair of single storey and attic, gabled ranges originally U-plan steading with N range now reduced to linking boundary wall enclosing courtyard incorporating former stable with hayloft to W and further range converted to hall at E. Lime harl over rubble.

STABLE AND HAYLOFT: rectangular-plan range.

SE ELEVATION: gabled elevation incorporating door to right at ground and hayloft opening in gablehead, both with boarded timber doors.

SW ELEVATION: door to left of centre with 2 small air vents to right.

NW ELEVATION: gabled elevation with 2 windows at ground and single window in gablehead.

NE ELEVATION: courtyard elevation with broad 2-leaf boarded timber door at right and further opening to left.

HALL: L-plan range.

SE ELEVATION: gabled elevation with 2 windows at round and further window in gablehead.

NE ELEVATION: 2 widely-spaced ventilation slits, now glazed.

NW ELEVATION: gabled elevation with later small lean-to timber porch at right of centre.

SW ELEVATION: courtyard elevation with almost full-height gabled projection at outer left incorporating deep-set door on return to right, window immediately to right on set-back face of hall. Modern windows. Stable range with Scotch slate, hall with Welsh slate. Ashlar-coped skews with moulded skewputts.

LINK WALL: semicircular-coped rubble wall linking NW elevations and forming U-plan courtyard. Small ventilation-type opening to left and broad pedestrian opening to right.

INTERIORS: hall altered 1930s, stable largely renewed.

Statement of Interest

The former church hall and stable range are listed for their early date and strategic setting as part of the fine early group comprising the separately listed former manse and Keig Church. Both church and manse were designed by Aberdeen architect John Smith. Situated on raised ground, the group was erected just a few years after the nearby Castle Forbes (1815-21) and Telford's Bridge of Keig (1817). This small steading-type courtyard is referred to in early documents as 'offices to the manse'. The east range was converted to accommodate the church hall during 1930s, with evidence of an earlier fireplace behind the sink in the northerly kitchen, possibly indicative of a former bothy. The Third Statistical Account declares 'The Rev J Stewart (1906-37),' , had part of the manse steading converted into a hall which has been a valuable parish asset'. The parishes of Keig, Tullynessle and Alford have now (2005) joined and worship together at Alford; Keig Church (owned by Keig Church Trust) still holds occasional services.

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