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Latitude: 57.0487 / 57°2'55"N
Longitude: -3.0412 / 3°2'28"W
OS Eastings: 336930
OS Northings: 795771
OS Grid: NO369957
Mapcode National: GBR WF.9YM4
Mapcode Global: WH7NL.8327
Plus Code: 9C9R2XX5+FG
Entry Name: 2 And 4 Church Square
Listing Name: 2 and 4 Church Square
Listing Date: 14 November 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 399163
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50648
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Earlier 19th century. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay house and Public Bar (formerly bakery) on significant corner site with principal (E) elevation facing Church Square with single storey extension forming L-plan situated at right angles to rear. White painted harl with pink granite dressings. Corner door with distinctive triangular cyma recta detail above. Central flat-roofed dormer. Large multi-paned window to E.
Predominantly later 20th century plate glass timber sash and case windows to E. Some 12-pane timber sash and case to single storey extension. Raised coping with skewputts. Graded grey slate. Coped gable stacks. Cast iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: extensively modernised. House retains some simple cornicing.
These buildings form an L-plan unit which provides essential symmetry and balance to Gordon Cottage (see separate listing) at the opposing diagonal corner of this central open square. Ballater was a planned town and these buildings define the grid of the original design. They are therefore a vital element to the streetscape. Ballater was instigated by the local laird, Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie at the end of the nineteenth century to provide accommodation for the increasing numbers of tourists to the nearby Pannanich Wells. The town was planned on a grid system and early maps show Church Square as the principal square, with other streets forming a grid pattern around it. The buildings around the square are an important aspect to the town, both visually and historically and both these, and Gordon Cottage, are shown on the 1866 map as the corner points which provide coherence for the whole.
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