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Glen Conrie, Fleuchats

A Category B Listed Building in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1676 / 57°10'3"N

Longitude: -3.1008 / 3°6'2"W

OS Eastings: 333527

OS Northings: 809060

OS Grid: NJ335090

Mapcode National: GBR WC.2HRF

Mapcode Global: WH6LV.B3NM

Entry Name: Glen Conrie, Fleuchats

Listing Date: 14 November 2006

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399144

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50631

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Strathdon

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Strathdon

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Probably late 18th to early 19th century. Fine little altered single storey and attic, 3-bay rectangular-plan vernacular cottage with rare retention of original interior. Sited at heart of Glenconrie close to Burn of Fleuchats on hillside overlooking E bank of Conrie Water. Small timber porch at front and lean-to rubble and timber outshot at rear. Harl to W, whitewashed rubble elsewhere; deep-set openings.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: symmetrical entrance elevation to W with boarded timber centre door, narrow 2-part fanlight and flanking windows; window to ground and attic window to left at N gable, and further attic window to S.

4-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows, vertical 2-pane glazing in timber casement window to S. Corrugated iron roof with 3 cast iron rooflights. Whitewashed ashlar stacks with evidence of thackstanes and small cans. Ashlar-coped skews with block skewputts.

INTERIOR: fine interior detail. Rooms and ceilings timber lined, ironwork door latches. 2 ground floor rooms, that to S with broad high timber fire surround enclosing centre hearth with working swey, box bed with folding doors at opposite wall. Panelled timber door leading to room at N with timber fire surround, again with high mantel shelf, and row of panelled timber doors screening box bed and cupboards. Timber dog-leg staircase leading to wide landing with attic bedroom at each end.

Statement of Interest

Distinguished by its mostly original interior, Fleuchats has the convenience of running water and electricity but the main hearth is still the focal point of the house, and the box bed in this room is still used. The site retains ruins of earlier structures, possibly byres and an earlier dwelling. It is slightly smaller than most similar early Strathdon dwellings, and this is reflected in the interior layout which lacks the open (possibly sleeping) ledge opposite the landing. This is largely dictated by the shorter steeper staircase, but the resultant wider landing space could have doubled as sleeping space as necessity arose. The centre box beds fronted by the staircase does though follow the normal pattern of centre plenishing breast described by Douglas Simpson as 'a sort of framed wooden partition across the house ' [with] doors or sliding shutters three or four feet square, that by concealed the box bed within'. The name 'Fleuchats' means 'Wet Places'. Only two comparable little altered glen houses were located during the 2005 resurvey, these are Loinherry and West Tornahaish, both listed separately.

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