Basic Site Details

Name: Newton House
Town, district or village: Alves
City or county: Morayshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
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Notes: HS listed building record:

Dated 1793 and 1852. Additions and alterations with some internal remodelling, Thomas Mackenzie, 1852. Tall 2-storey and attic house over raised basement (3-storey, U-plan rear), 5-bays, S facing. Harled with tooled and polished ashlar margins and dressings. Plain late 18th century house with 1852 embellishments, particularly to upper storey. Advanced and gabled centre bay with 1852 porch approached by flight of steps oversailing raised basement; pilastered and corniced entrance with florid Jacobean detailing, lunette and banded obelisk finials; tall canted 1st floor window above. Plain chamfered margins to ground and 1st floor windows; carved and monogrammed pediments to 1852 dormers; corbelled angle bartizans with conical bellcast fishscale slated roofs; moulded corbel and string courses; decorative water spouts. Projecting wing set back at E with raised ground floor canted oriel with corbelled base decorated with masks and with corbelled stone roof. 2 rear wings project to form U-plan service court. Mainly 4-pane glazing. Crowstepped gables; end batteries of coped stacks with diamond flues; slate roofs. Small sun porch (circa 1975) at W of house. INTERIOR- entrance hall re-modelled by Thomas Mackenzie 1852 with arcaded and columned screen, rounded-headed niches and deep mouldings. Curved 1793 cantilevered staircase rises full-height with plain balusters and moulded risers. DRAWING ROOM: 1852 marble chimneypiece, ceiling cornice and doorway, flanked by glazed wall cupboards, linking back sitting room. DINING ROOM: black marble chimneypiece; simple panelled dado and mouljded ceiling cornice. 1st FLOOR: some evidence of remodelling of former 1st floor drawing-room area; 18th century fielded panelled doors survive in 1st floor. GATEPIERS (MAIN ENTRANCE): pair plain square ashlar gatepiers with pulvinated string course, moulded cornice and ball finials. WALLED GARDEN: circa 1800 walled garden extends to N of house; coped rubble walls.

There was a major fire in 1992 and the building is now gutted and roofless. There are plans by William Lippe Architects (Insch) to re-roof it and convert it into five flats. (Matthew Woodworth)


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31793  Original house
Item 2 of 31852  Additions and laterations with some internal remodelling
Item 3 of 31992 Destruction/demolitionMajor fire - building now gutted and roofless.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3James Matthews A1852 Additions and laterations with some internal remodelling
Item 2 of 3Mackenzie & Matthews A1852 Additions and laterations with some internal remodelling
Item 3 of 3Thomas Mackenzie A1852 Additions and laterations with some internal remodelling


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Forteath, AlexClient for alterations
Item 2 of 2Forteath, GeorgeOriginal client


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Presspp446, 465

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Elgin Courant20 October 1854  Obituary of Thomas Mackenzie
Item 2 of 4Elgin Courier12 December 1851  Tenders
Item 3 of 4Elgin Courier19 December 1851  Tenders
Item 4 of 4Elgin Courier26 December 1851  Tenders

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Matthew WoodworthInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent November 2013
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2327