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31-35 (Inclusive Nos) Castle Street

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1481 / 57°8'52"N

Longitude: -2.0921 / 2°5'31"W

OS Eastings: 394524

OS Northings: 806355

OS Grid: NJ945063

Mapcode National: GBR SD9.MC

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.TLYL

Entry Name: 31-35 (Inclusive Nos) Castle Street

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354778

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20168

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Early 19th century. 3-storey and attic 6-bay Classical tenement on corner site with partly altered commercial premises to ground (some altered 2006). Grey granite ashlar, rubble to rear. Round-arched ground floor openings to Nos 31 and 32 with central entrance. Band course above ground, cill course to 2nd storey, blocking course. 4 widely spaced diminutive dormers to Castle Street, larger pedimented dormers to rear.

Plate glass and 12-pane timber sash and case windows to 1st floor and 2nd floors respectively, plate glass to ground. Grey slates, raised skews, coped ridge and gable stacks.

Statement of Interest

This is a good example of a run of well-detailed early Classical tenement buildings prominently sited at the SE corner of the Castlegate. It forms a significant part of the streetscape. The survival of the round-arched openings on the ground floor to the left half of the tenement is notable. The simple classical style is typical of granite buildings of this period before sophisticated cutting techniques were developed.

Castle Street (or Castlegate) is considered by many to be the heart of Aberdeen city centre. It has been the site of the main market place since the 12th century. It contains a 17th century Mercat Cross (a Scheduled Ancient Monument). The central rectangular area has, through the centuries, been bounded by a succession of different buildings, predominantly private houses and commercial premises. The Tolbooth was built here in the 17th century. The earlier buildings were replaced from the 19th century onwards using the existing footprint, and therefore the important large central space, which continues to form a focal point for the city was retained.

Part of B Group with Nos 1-7 Justice Street, Nos 9-23, 31-35, 40-48, 51 and 52 (inclusive nos) Castle Street, and Salvation Army Citadel.

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