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40 and 42 Eglinton Street

A Category C Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7501 / 55°45'0"N

Longitude: -4.6345 / 4°38'4"W

OS Eastings: 234748

OS Northings: 653896

OS Grid: NS347538

Mapcode National: GBR 39.BPJD

Mapcode Global: WH2NB.SQ9Q

Entry Name: 40 and 42 Eglinton Street

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331332

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB887

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith

Parish: Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Late 18th to early 19th century. 2 storeys, 3 wide bays; out-of-scale 20th century box dormers and shops to ground. Central pilastered doorpiece; entablature with Gothic detail to corner blocks and fluted lintel; raised curved block in centre of flat blocking course above. Bay to L with later door and shop window, original window opening to outer L; bay to R with plate glass shopfront and door to outer R; 3 windows to 1st floor. Painted render; raised and painted base course, margins and eaves course.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: irregular fenestration. Random sandstone rubble with droved tabbed surrounds.

2 remaining original timber sash and case 4-pane windows (other astragals knocked out); uPVC glazing. Grey slates; stone ridge; off-centre coped ashlar wallhead stack with 1 remaining can; shared endstacks.

INTERIOR: part seen (2003). Stone scale and platt stair in common close with square-section cast-iron railings and timber handrail

Statement of Interest

Beneath the later alterations, additions and shop signage there is a good plain traditional building, typical of Eglinton Street, with an interesting doorpiece. The off-centre wallhead chimneystack is also an important feature worth preserving, as it is a local characteristic that has been lost on many other buildings in the town. The out-of-character box dormers detract however. Eglinton Street was once the grandest street in the town with many buildings dating from the late 18th and early 19th century, a period of prosperity in the town arising principally from textiles and tanning.

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