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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 24/03/1988


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Bellie

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 35401 59167
  • Coordinates335401, 859167


Archibald Simpson, 1828-29. Substantial range forming hollow

square and comprising both dwellings and farm buildings, most

of the latter now gutted internally and converted to modern

farm usage.

Red harled with tooled ashlar margins and dressings. Regular

wide SW facing front range with centre arched entrance. Tall

ashlar segmental-headed archway with corniced and stepped

blocking course. Flanking mirrored 2-storey dwellings,

projecting front and back as single bay gables (canted to

courtyard) linked to archway by set back single bay, in each

of which is bracketted corniced entrance. Long ground floor fenestration, the front windows also with bracketted

cornices, the 1st floor fenestration lower, and some blind in

inward facing bays. Single storey and loft, set back 6-bay

outer ranges, with lunette fenestration above each window set

in shallow round-headed recesses, at left all front

fenestration is blind, at right the block has near centre

gabled porch. Varied multi-pane glazing, some lying-pane.

Squat coped and shaped ridge stacks; slate roofs with

projecting jointed eaves.

2 further long single storey W ranges are sited parallel to

main square, and linked at gabled frontage by square panelled

ashlar gatepiers.

Statement of Special Interest

Rear, much altered range of buildings not included in


Scottish Record Office RH Plan no 2398 is a working drawing

with a reference to 'Mr Simpson's own drawings'. The series

of drawings reveal that a clock tower was intended as the

archway centrepiece.

Described in 1842 as 'a range of buildings which for

amplitude, utility and elegance are certainly unrivalled in

the N'.

Formerly the mains farm on Gordon Castle Estate and called




NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xii (1842), p. 119. Scottish Record

Office RHP 2394-2404 and GD44/51/364.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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