Aberdeenshire HER - NJ62SW0021 - LICKLEYHEAD CASTLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ62SW0021
NameLICKLEYHEAD CASTLE
NRHE Card No.NJ62SW22
NRHE Numlink 18204
HES SM No.
HES LB No. 16234
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Castle, in commercial use. It was originally a tower, and was renovated in 1629 to form an L-plan. It has been modernised and added to, but the original design can still be discerned. The oldest part of the castle is the rectangular tower, measuring 35ft by 25ft in plan, built possibly in the second half of the 16th century. After its purchase by John Forbes in 1625, a new tower was added to the south-west corner providing a new entrance and stair to the main floor, a stair to the upper floors and three new bedchambers. The new stair in the external angle was originally surmounted by a small square cap house, since removed. The rough-cast walls rise to three storeys, an attic and a garret. The gables are crow-stepped, and the dormer windows have decorative pediments. The entrance in the main re-entrant to south has a moulded granite head and jambs, and is surmounted by a moulded granite frame with the date 1629 and initials I F M S (John Forbbes, Margaret Skene). The basement is vaulted. John Forbes' hall occupied the whole of the first floor, measuring 24ft by 20ft. In the 18th century the house underwent major transformation, the interiors of the old tower were recast and a new wing of two floors was added at right angles to it. The hall was reduced in size by about a third, the larger part forming a Great Chamber that remains largely intact. The new wing was designed to provide kitchen and service rooms on the ground floor. Further additions to the house were made in circa 1825-30. The so called 'shot-holes' may in fact be ventilation holes (H Gordon Slade).
Last Update09/04/2021
Updated Bycpalmer
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 362722.48817409, Northing: 823665.449396694

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National Grid Reference: NJ 6272 2366



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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
CASTLES L-PLANA100
CELLARS BARREL-VAULTEDB100
WINDOWSSLIT C100
GABLES CROW-STEPPEDD100
STAIRCASESTURNPIKE E100
STAIRCASESMURAL F100
AUMBRIES  G100
YETTS SITE OFH100
SLOTSDRAWBAR I100
JAMBS BULL-NOSEDJ100
LINTELS BULL-NOSEDK100
SHOT-HOLES  L100
HOLESVENTILATION M100
TURRETSANGLECORBELLEDN100
CAP-HOUSES  O100
PEDIMENTS DECORATIVEP100
PANELS DATEDQ100
WINDOWSDORMER R100
FIREPLACES  S100
GARRETS  T100