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Balliemore Cottage

A Category C Listed Building in Strachur, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1483 / 56°8'53"N

Longitude: -5.0576 / 5°3'27"W

OS Eastings: 210159

OS Northings: 699277

OS Grid: NS101992

Mapcode National: GBR 00.JPSD

Mapcode Global: WH1K2.8QVH

Plus Code: 9C8P4WXR+8W

Entry Name: Balliemore Cottage

Listing Name: Balliemore Cottage

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398511

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50465

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Strachur

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Parish: Strachur

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Balliemore Cottage is the best example of type of the prefabricated timber homes built in this area in the later 19th century. The cottage is of local historical interest as well as being of relative rarity and picturesque quality. Balliemore Cottage is single-storey, piend-roofed, square-plan and timber clad to the exterior. It was originally symmetrical but has a later addition to the N.

Balliemore Cottage, built c1874, is symmetrical and square-planned with four rooms and a central chimney. The exterior is notable for the use of scalloping at the corners and on the window surrounds. The SW (entrance) elevation has a central timber boarded door and bipartite windows. The NW (rear) elevation has a timber-boarded lean-to extension, probably of the early 20th century, with a second entrance. The SE elevation is blank and there are two windows to the NE.

Interior: access to the interior of Balliemore Cottage was not obtained during the course of the 2004 survey. As with the identical cottage at Glenmassan, it is assumed that the central chimney serves 4 angled chimneypieces.

Materials: timber framing and cladding. Timber boarded doors. Timber sash and case windows; plate glass to the SW, 4-pane to the lean-to, otherwise 12-pane. Slate roof, brick central stack, clay cans.

Statement of Interest

Balliemore Cottage represents an early stage in the development of prefabricated building in Scotland. James Duncan, who purchased the Benmore estate in 1870, experimented with a number of non-traditional housing types and constructed concrete workers' cottages at Benmore, a timber terrace at Strone (also listed) and Faith, Hope and Charity at Gairletter, by Ardentinny (identical to this cottage but substantially altered). Balliemore Farm appears to have been part of the Benmore Estate for a short period.

Glenmassan Cottage is an identical cottage in Dunoon and Kilmun parish, also connected to the Benmore Estate. Balliemore Cottage may have been used to house a farm worker from Balliemore.

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