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The Stables, Straloch House

A Category B Listed Building in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.28 / 57°16'48"N

Longitude: -2.2361 / 2°14'9"W

OS Eastings: 385863

OS Northings: 821069

OS Grid: NJ858210

Mapcode National: GBR XH.4YKJ

Mapcode Global: WH9Q2.M8DW

Plus Code: 9C9V7QJ7+2H

Entry Name: The Stables, Straloch House

Listing Name: Straloch House, the Stables

Listing Date: 18 August 2005

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398039

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50144

Building Class: Cultural

Location: New Machar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Parish: New Machar

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Dated 1872. Tall single storey and attic, 5-bay, H-plan stable range with hayloft, decoratively-finialled timber clock belfry, stone dormer gablets, Tudor- and pointed-arch openings, cart arches, stone-finialled gables. Stugged coursed and squared granite with patchy harl to sides and rear, ashlar margins and quoin strips. Deep base course, band course appearing as continuous hoodmould to SE gables. Doors of vertically-boarded timber.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Set-back centre bays incorporating door at centre with windows in flanking bays and further doors beyond at re-entrant angles, 2 small dormer windows breaking roofline at centre, and square-plan clock belfry with decorative cast-iron weathervane rising at centre of roof ridge. Advanced outer gables each with 2 Tudor-arched windows at ground and pointed-arch window in gablehead incorporating dated tympanum, each return with door in re-entrant angle, that to left also with small round-arched niche-type water trough at ground. Courtyard area with cobbled setts. Doors with deep boarded fanlights.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: variety of elements to rear elevation, including Tudor-arched window to left and hayloft opening in gablehead of right gable, broader further advanced gable at left with square-headed openings, and recessed centre bays under catslide roof with 2 diminutive piended roof ventilators.

NE ELEVATION: 2 cart arches flanking water trough as above.

Most windows timber-boarded, that to left gable at SW with 8-pane glazing pattern to 2-part timber casement window and 4-pane glazing pattern to dormers; window to NW gablehead at left with 12-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case window. Grey slates. Coped ashlar ridge stacks with stacks, some polygonal. Ashlar-coped skews with moulded skewputts. Small traditional rooflights except 2 replacements at NW.

INTERIOR: timber-lined tackroom with timber fireplace. See Notes.

Statement of Interest

Situated close to Newmachar, Straloch (formerly Strathloch) was granted by charter to Henry Cheyne in 1348. Straloch House of 1780 is a category 'A' listed building, with a number of other estate buildings also listed. This finely-detailed stable range, an essential element of estate life situated close to Straloch House, displays its importance in both design and material. The Third Statistical Account reports that the estate was owned by Francis Charles Quentin Irvine, a descendant of the Ramsays of Barra. It continues 'The estate, with its spacious lands, park, woodlands and farms, remains unaltered'. The quality evident in the stables exterior was, until recently, complemented by elegant loose boxes of cast-iron and timber. A small L-plan granite sawmill is sited close to the stables, another reminder of the self-sufficiency of a working estate.

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