Aberdeenshire HER - NJ52NW0068 - LEITH HALL

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Primary ReferenceNJ52NW0068
NameLEITH HALL
NRHE Card No.NJ52NW4
NRHE Numlink 17673
HES SM No.
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Remains of a 17th to 19th century designed landscape around Leith Hall (NJ52NW0004). A map of 1758 shows a formal entrance and gardens around the house but a 1797 Estate Map shows that by the late 18th century any formal gardens around the house had been removed and replaced by the more open parkland that remains. There are walled gardens to the north of the hall (NJ52NW0131) with offices (NJ52NW0132). To the south-east of the house are two ponds created for boating, fishing and duck shooting, and an ice house. Historic Landscape survey carried out 2006-7 on the existing and former lands of Leith Hall. Geophysical survey in 2006 north of the hall recorded a number of anomalies in the north lawn but nothing that could be identified as traces of the formal gardens. In 2007 trial trenching was undertaken on a site to the south-west of the hall where two stones had been exposed by grass cutting. Excavation revealed stone foundations of a rectangular building, its interior divided into two rooms. A roughly circular stone-lined cistern lay within the south-east corner with two drains running through the walls. The building is likely to be the south of two pavilions shown on the 1758 estate map. A watching brief was carried out by MAS in November 2016 during test pitting and subsequent water main works along the west edge of the lawn area and digging of a new drain east of the stables. No evidence attributable to the formal gardens shown on the 1758 map was observed.
Last Update28/03/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 354187.557660257, Northing: 829519.576564589

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National Grid Reference: NJ 5418 2951



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
2006 Geophysical Survey
2016 Watching-Brief mas1-299820

Excavations and Surveys


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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
PAVILIONS REMAINS OFB100
LANDSCAPES DESIGNEDA100
GARDENSFORMALSITE OFC100
PONDS  D100
ICE-HOUSES  E100