Aberdeen City HER - NJ90SW0995 - NORWOOD HALL

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Primary ReferenceNJ90SW0995
NRHE Card No.NJ90SW43
NRHE Numlink 77013
HES LB No. 15780
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Villa built in 1881 designed by John Russell Mackenzie, incorporating an earlier house of 1861 and set within a woodland garden. Now the Norwood Hall Hotel. It is 5-bay and symmetrical with classical details and a distinctive central balustraded entrance porch. White painted harl with contrasting sandstone margins, with grey slate roof, coped chimney stacks and a raised lightwell. Internally, the decorative scheme retains many 19th century features including in the central hall a timber imperial staircase with Corinthian columns. Garden founded 1859, designed by Forbes Beattie. Within the garden to the east of the villa is a mound, possibly an early medieval motte or castle survives (NJ90SW0001). Although no archaeological work has taken place on the mound, its prominent position overlooking the river Dee and the surrounding area would make it a likely position for an early medieval defended site. Pitfodels seems to have belonged to the Murray and Reid families but passed to the Menzies family in the 16th century. The OS 1st and 2nd edition maps also shows a fountain to the south of the house, and to the northwest West Lodge, a single storey lodge dating probably from 1861. A walled garden with greenhouses appears to have been added in the northern part of the grounds in the 20th century. A watching brief was carried out in 2010 on groundworks for an extension to the hotel (see also NJ90SW0423). A watching brief carried out by Cameron Archaeology in January 2014 during groundworks for a kitchen extension recorded no archaeological features or artefacts.
Last Update15/04/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
Date of Compilation13/09/2017

Easting: 390945.368859831, Northing: 803065.855801202

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National Grid Reference: NJ 9094 0306

Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
2010 Watching-Brief
2014 Watching-Brief camerona1-179726

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