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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 22/02/1972


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Burgh: Cullen

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 51274 67105
  • Coordinates351274, 867105


William Robertson, 1822-23; additions to town hall (facing

The Square), John Fowlie, 1899-1900. Repairs after fire,


2-storey L-plan corner range fronting Seafield Street (hotel

of 5 bays) and The Square (town hall, 9 bays of which the

northern 4 bays are the 1899-1900 additions). 2-storey,

5-bay stable court frontage extends E along Seafield Street.

Harled with generous use of ashlar dressings and margins.

Ashlar faced bowed pivotal angle of 3 bays with 3

segmental-headed entrances in ground floor approached by

curved flight of steps. 3 1st floor windows set in

round-headed shallow recesses. Seafield Street frontage with

slightly advanced outer bays; similar arrangement to The

Square facade, the northern 4 bays (1899-1900) in similar

style to the original resulting in 9-bay elevation, the outer

and centre bays slightly advanced. 1st floor windows in

advanced bays are set in shallow round-headed ashlar

recesses, all other 1st floor windows have bracketted

cornices, all being linked by continuous band/cill course;

12-pane glazing.

Wide segmental-headed centre entrance to hotel in Seafield

Street; similar entrance in original 5-bay frontage facing

The Square (but no longer in centre of facade owing to


Deep ashlar corniced eaves band and blocking course, stepped

above advanced bays and supporting Seafield coat of arms at

pivotal angle bay. Blocking course removed at Seafield Street

frontage to accommodate 4 mid-20th century piended dormers.

Coped ridge stacks; slate roof, bowed at angle; corrugated

asbestos roof (1951-3) with shallow pitch to town hall.

Former stable court fronts Seafield Street at E; centre tall basket-arched entrance flanked by tripartites in shallow

recessed bays; small 1st floor (former loft) windows, the

centre of oval form. Multi-pane glazing; slate roof with

projecting eaves.

INTERIOR: much altered both in hotel and town hall. Centre

1st floor council chamber with original curved panelled doors

with reeded doorpieces and centre plaster ceiling rosette.

Council chamber reached by re-modelled imperial staircase

with surviving Greek key-pattern dado and banding to top

light; also original niche with marble statue of Venus. All

other rooms in town hall re-modelled. Hotel also adapted for

modern use but beaded panelled window shutters and moulded

door cases survive in 1st floor lounge: original cast-iron

balusters to staircase.

Statement of Special Interest

Built and paid for at cost of $3,000 by Colonel F W Grant for

the Earl of Seafield; building combined town hall, post

office, 'commodious courtroom' and hotel; there was also a

ball room. Ashlar masonry re-used from 'House o Rannas'

(Rathven Parish), in particular for the staircase. The town

hall (fronting The Square) was considered too small at end of

19th century, and after purchasing the adjoining plot and

after considerable consultation, John Fowlie, architect to

Seafield estates, designed the additional 4-bay extension at

the N end of The Square to accommodate a new town hall

capable of seating 500. This was badly damaged by fire in





ADVERTISER, 13 April 1899, p.6; 15 June, 1899; 1 Nov 1900,

p.5, report of opening of new town hall. Howard Colvin, A


(1978), p.699. Elizabeth Beaton, WILLIAM ROBERTSON, 1786-1841

'ARCHITECT IN ELGIN' (1984), pp. 7, 26. Further information

regarding fire and repairs thereafter (1951-3) by courtesy

Moray District Record Office. Scottish Record Office

GD248/784/5/56 (Specifications 1823).

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