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35 Wilson Street

A Category C Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7529 / 55°45'10"N

Longitude: -4.6304 / 4°37'49"W

OS Eastings: 235015

OS Northings: 654193

OS Grid: NS350541

Mapcode National: GBR 39.BQF6

Mapcode Global: WH2NB.VN6M

Entry Name: 35 Wilson Street

Listing Date: 25 April 1970

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331386

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB940

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Probably late 18th century, remodelled earlier 19th century. 2-storey 3-bay house; central pilastered door with entablature; window to ground R enlarged (former shop window); all windows with architraved surrounds and raised cills. Base course, painted angle margins and eaves course. Harled.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: brick 2-storey addition circa 1900 with further original outbuildings.

UPVC glazing replacing traditional timber sash and case windows, probably originally 6-pane over 9-pane (no horns on sashes, top sash smaller than lower). Grey slates; end stacks, that to L rebuilt with circular clay cans, that to R coped ashlar with moulded octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: little original survives.

Statement of Interest

In the first half of the 20th century this building was run as the Wheatsheaf Inn. Hotels and inns were permitted to serve alcohol on Sundays to provide for travellers whereas pubs were not. As a result of this loophole, there was a high proportion of hotels and inns in Beith for the sized of the town. Latterly, the ground floor was used as an upholsterer's shop.

A photograph of 1979 shows the original timber sash and case windows with 4-pane glazing. These have most likely had their astragals knocked-out and would have been small-pane originally. The window to the right was enlarged to accommodate the shopfront. The house is typical in form for the late 18th to early 19th century but the moulded architraves and doorpiece are placed firmly in the 19th century and give a somewhat smartened appearance.

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