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Latitude: 56.986 / 56°59'9"N
Longitude: -3.4985 / 3°29'54"W
OS Eastings: 309034
OS Northings: 789312
OS Grid: NO090893
Mapcode National: GBR KBQ8.43G
Mapcode Global: WH5L9.7N9T
Plus Code: 9C8RXGP2+CH
Entry Name: Former Smithy, Inverey, Mar Estate
Listing Name: Mar Estate, Inverey, Former Smithy
Listing Date: 14 November 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 399285
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50766
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Crathie and Braemar
Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Parish: Crathie And Braemar
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Mid 19th Century (possibly earlier, see notes). Single-storey former smithy range. Rubble construction with some harl remaining to S (front) elevation. S elevation with small deepset window to far left, single low door near centre. Single low door to N (rear) elevation Vertical timber boarding to end gables with plain bargeboards. Low rubble lean-to to W gable.
Single metal flue to W gable. Corrugated iron roof, thatch insulation.
While its date is not clear it is likely that this building dates from the early to mid 19th century, and it appears on the 1st Edition OS Map. Of particular note is the scarcity of openings - the only openings being the tiny window and low door to the S elevation, and one further low door to the N elevation. It is possible that much of the work of the Smithy may have been carried out in an associated yard, although it has not been possible to confirm this. Nevertheless the building is an important survival of a traditional vernacular industrial building in the historic hamlet of Inverey. It displays a great deal of traditional character through its simple rubble construction, remaining harl and timber roof structure. As a smithy it is probable that this building was one of the first in the village to receive its corrugated iron roof as a fire precaution, given the combustible nature of thatch. Retaining the thatch as insulation would have helped to prevent condensation forming on the iron, which could rot the sarking and create a potential hazard if it dropped onto the work area.
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