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Tarbolton, Burns Street, Former Town House and Adjoining Building

A Category C Listed Building in Tarbolton, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5138 / 55°30'49"N

Longitude: -4.4865 / 4°29'11"W

OS Eastings: 243094

OS Northings: 627262

OS Grid: NS430272

Mapcode National: GBR 3H.TM61

Mapcode Global: WH3QQ.1NVW

Entry Name: Tarbolton, Burns Street, Former Town House and Adjoining Building

Listing Date: 22 October 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352229

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18211

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tarbolton

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kyle

Parish: Tarbolton

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

1832 Town House and adjoining early 19th century former house (now forming one building).

TOWN HOUSE: 2-storey, roughly 3-bay, piend-roofed block with stone forestair to N (side) elevation. Squared, coursed sandstone with raised sandstone ashlar dressings to principal (W) elevation. Eaves course. Front door to left of principal elevation; 2 ground-floor windows unevenly placed flanking former segmental-arched opening (now filled in); 3 first-floor windows evenly spaced with date panel beneath central cill. Rear (E) elevation with three small evenly spaced openings at first floor.

ADJOINING BUILDING: 2-storey, 3-bay, gabled block with 20th century garage entrance to S (side) elevation and later blocked-in brick forestair to rear (E). Symmetrical principal elevation with central flat-arched doorway. Squared, coursed red sandstone with raised red sandstone ashlar dressings to principal (W) elevation; whitewashed side elevation. Eaves course.

Predominantly 8-pane glazing in fixed timber windows. Ashlar-coped skews. Squat ashlar stacks. Grey slate.

Statement of Interest

Two early buildings situated prominently at the heart of Tarbolton and of significance to the history of the town. The 3rd Statistical Account (1951) mentions 'the unimposing Town House, a relic of the burgh of barony created by Charles II, where the annual New Year meeting of the 'Town Council' is still held'. Although the original function of the adjoining building is not known, it is designated 'School' on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map (1854-9), and the construction of the Town House attached to it suggests that it must have been in civic use by 1832. Its long, low proportions and stonework suggest an early 19th century date. The windows of both buildings are largely boarded up.

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