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2 and 4 Church Square

A Category C Listed Building in Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

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

Entry Name: 2 and 4 Church Square

Listing Date: 14 November 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399163

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50648

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ballater

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Ballater

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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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