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16 and 18 Upperkirkgate

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.149 / 57°8'56"N

Longitude: -2.0983 / 2°5'53"W

OS Eastings: 394152

OS Northings: 806457

OS Grid: NJ941064

Mapcode National: GBR SCF.B6

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.RK0W

Entry Name: 16 and 18 Upperkirkgate

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355526

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20579

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Earlier 19th century (1800-1820). Tall and narrow 4-storey attic and basement, 4-bay commercial and residential building. Loanhead granite ashlar; cill course to 3rd floor. Public House to ground floor with unusually tall and narrow round-arched entrance flanked by large fixed-pane plate glass windows. Entrance to Kirkgate Court to far right bay (now main door to residential properties above). Pair of later flat-roofed dormers.

Regular 8-pane timber sash and case windows with horns to 1st and 2nd floors; smaller 4-pane openings to 3rd floor. Grey slate to steeply pitched roof; ashlar skews and skewputts; broad, corniced ashlar stacks; clay cans.

Statement of Interest

The building at Nos 16 and 18 Upperkirkgate is a significant part of the street's eclectic run of buildings along it's North side. The tall narrow proportions are unusual within the Aberdeen streetscape. The buildings that lined the S side of Upperkirkgate were cleared from the 1930's onwards as part of a programme of slum clearances, and eventually to allow room for the civic buildings of the St Nicholas House development. Upperkirkgate stands on the site of one of the city's many ancient gates, or 'ports'. Most of what is visible in Upperkirkgate derives from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but much evidence of earlier structures of previous centuries has been built into the later fabric. The 'Kirkgate Bar' public house at 18 Upperkirkgate was the traditional location for the elected rector at the nearby Aberdeen University Student Union Building to buy all his supporters a drink.

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