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Latitude: 57.148 / 57°8'52"N
Longitude: -2.0926 / 2°5'33"W
OS Eastings: 394497
OS Northings: 806350
OS Grid: NJ944063
Mapcode National: GBR SD7.GL
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.TLQM
Entry Name: 40, 41 and 41a Castle Street
Listing Date: 12 January 1967
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 354779
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20169
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Late 18th or early 19th century. 3-storey and attic, 4-bay Classical tenement. Granite ashlar, rubble to rear. Moulded, raised architraves to upper storeys. Moulded eaves course. Pair of piended dormers. Off-centre entrance with multi-panelled timber entrance door. Ground floor openings wider than 1st and 2nd floors.
Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Mansard roof with grey slates. Gable stacks and raised skews. Cast iron rainwater goods.
Situated on the North side of Castle Street, this is a good example of an early Classical tenement which forms a significant part of the streetscape of the Castlegate. The simple Classical style is typical of granite buildings of this period before sophisticated cutting techniques were developed. From the late 19th century, this building and No 42-44 Castle Street (see separate listing), housed the Lithographers, George Cornwall and Sons. The building was damaged by fire in 1975 and refurbished for the Trustees Savings Bank, when the attic was converted to a mansard. It is currently (2006) commercial premises.
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.
Category changed from B to C(S), 2007.
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