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22 and 24 Main Street

A Category C Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7514 / 55°45'5"N

Longitude: -4.6319 / 4°37'54"W

OS Eastings: 234917

OS Northings: 654030

OS Grid: NS349540

Mapcode National: GBR 39.BQ3W

Mapcode Global: WH2NB.TPJR

Entry Name: 22 and 24 Main Street

Listing Date: 2 December 1980

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331371

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB925

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Late 18th century and early 19th century, with later alterations. 2 buildings united by later shopfronts; now in single ownership (2003).

No 22: narrow 2-bay late 18th century dwelling with earlier 19th century pilastered shopfront with entablature; door to L, large window to R; 2 small windows to 1st floor. Painted ashlar to ground; painted render to 1st floor with raised and painted margins and moulded eaves course.

No 24: early 19th century with earlier 19th century 3-bay shopfront; central door with flanking large openings (that to L reduced); dentilled cornice between ground and 1st floors; 3 windows to 1st floor. Eaves cornice. Painted ashlar to ground; painted, lined render to 1st floor.

Timber sash and case windows to 1st floor, 4-pane to No 22, plate glass to No 24, 4-pane to R. Non-traditional concrete roof tiles replacing slates; straight skews; scrolled skewput to No 22; ashlar stack. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: later 20th century café interior.

Statement of Interest

Clearly of two building phases, the rooflines are distinctly different, with that of No 22 at a steeper rake than No 24, indicating an earlier date. It is likely that both were thatched: No 24 has a thackstane protruding from the base of the chimneystack. The later slates, a common 'improvement' on thatch preventing fire and infestation and an entirely suitable roofing material for Scottish buildings, were replaced with non-traditional concrete tiles sometime after 1980. During the post-war period, till 1999, Mario Dora ran a chip shop and ice cream parlour here.

The buildings provide character to the street with the mix of vernacular detailing and later classical shopfronts. Main Street itself, in the heart of the town, is of an early, probably mid 18th century date. The street is narrow and meandering and the buildings abut the road with little or no room for pavement. The buildings here differ in scale, purpose and design from the majority of buildings in Eglinton Street of later date and grander scale.

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