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Former Smithy, Inverey, Mar Estate

A Category C Listed Building in Inverey, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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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

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399285

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50766

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Crathie and Braemar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Crathie And Braemar

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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