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20 and 22 the Cross

A Category B Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7507 / 55°45'2"N

Longitude: -4.6332 / 4°37'59"W

OS Eastings: 234832

OS Northings: 653951

OS Grid: NS348539

Mapcode National: GBR 39.BPSZ

Mapcode Global: WH2NB.SQXB

Entry Name: 20 and 22 the Cross

Listing Date: 2 December 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331328

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB883

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Earlier 19th century; restored 2003. 3 storeys, 3 bays with classical details. 3-bay traditional shopfront to ground plus entrance to outer R (to upper storeys) with architraved surround and bracketed cornice. Mutuled cornice between ground and floors above forming base for outer pilasters supporting entablature and blocking course. 1st floor windows with aprons, outer with cornices, centre pedimented. 3 windows with bracketed cills to 2nd floor. Sandstone ashlar.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: 2 bays, 3 storeys. Harled with exposed ashlar margins.

Traditional timber sash and case replacement glazing (12-pane). Grey slates; end stack and wallhead stack to rear; circular clay cans.

INTERIOR: refurbished 2003 (see Notes).

Statement of Interest

The building, together with four others in the group at the Cross and the beginning of Eglinton Street, was the subject of a Townscape Heritage Initiative completed 2003. During refurbishment and conversion to flats on the upper floors, interior features were recorded. These included, on the ground floor, original shop fittings in the form of a depressed timber arch between panelled pilasters (still in situ) and deep en suite cornice. Two cast-iron columns supported part of the corniced beam in the middle of the room. At one stage in the 19th century the shop was occupied by Taylor's ironmongery shop. The building provides a marked contrast to its more vernacular neighbour at 24-28 The Cross (separately listed). Its smart provincial appearance is indicative of increased prosperity in the town during the early 19th century.

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