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20 and 22 Upperkirkgate

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1489 / 57°8'56"N

Longitude: -2.0984 / 2°5'54"W

OS Eastings: 394147

OS Northings: 806453

OS Grid: NJ941064

Mapcode National: GBR SCF.B7

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.QKZX

Entry Name: 20 and 22 Upperkirkgate

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355527

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20580

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, 3-bay commercial and residential building with wide rectangular pend and shop to ground floor. Loanhead granite ashlar with strap pointing. Slightly recessed entrance to shop with astragalled rectangular fanlight above; flanked by large fixed-pane windows, astragalled at upper portion. Regular fenestration to upper floors. Entrance to pend now doorway to flatted units above (2006). Harled outshot to rear.

Replacement 12-pane plate glass timber sash and case windows at upper floors; grey slate; broad brick stack abutting attic level gable-end of adjoining building; ashlar skew to left gable; clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: Partly seen (2006). Fragments of stone spiral staircase in ground floor rear cupboard.

Statement of Interest

A good example of late 18th century townhouse with ground floor shop in this part of Aberdeen. Nos 20 and 22 Upperkirkgate is a good example of the tall narrow townhouse with shops to the ground floor which are characteristic of 18th and 19th century Aberdeen. The pend would have provided access to the stairs to upper levels at the rear and side of the building.

Upperkirkgate stands on the site of one of the city's many ancient gates, or 'ports'. However, 'gate' in this instance may have formerly been 'gait' meaning walk or way. Most of what is visible 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 buildings that lined the S side of the street 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.

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