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Rochsolloch Primary School, 1 Kippen Street, Coatbridge

A Category C Listed Building in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.862 / 55°51'43"N

Longitude: -3.9968 / 3°59'48"W

OS Eastings: 275123

OS Northings: 665006

OS Grid: NS751650

Mapcode National: GBR 00JN.HG

Mapcode Global: WH4QB.KXZH

Plus Code: 9C7RV263+R7

Entry Name: Rochsolloch Primary School, 1 Kippen Street, Coatbridge

Listing Name: 1 Kippen Street, Rochsolloch Primary School Including Boundary Wall and Railings

Listing Date: 19 April 1993

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356156

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20943

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Airdrie

County: North Lanarkshire

Town: Airdrie

Electoral Ward: Airdrie Central

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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James Shaw, 1900. Single and 2-storey with attic, 8-bay, square-plan, crowstep gabled Jacobethan school. Gabled entrance bay. Bull-faced sandstone to ground, squared and snecked sandstone to upper storey. Base course, dividing band between ground and upper storey, continuous strapwork hoodmould to upper storey windows. Predominantly stone mullioned and transomed, bipartite windows with chamfered cills. Built on falling ground

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-storey with gable head attics. Stone steps to central, shuttered, 2-leaf timber door, lunette fanlight, shouldered strapwork hoodmould. Bipartite window to 1st floor above, terminating in small, finialed, gable breaking eaves. Bipartite windows to flanking bays. Symmetrical, advanced, gabled, double outer bays: bipartite window to centre flanked by single windows; small window to gable head; fenestrated lower storey to outer bay to right.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: 2-storey, stone steps to central door, bipartite window over; regular fenestration to flanking bays; bipartites flanked by single windows to outer gabled bays; small modern lean-to to ground of outer left bay.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: single storey; 3 bipartite windows to centre flanked by paired single windows; single windows to outer gabled bays. Small gabled roof vents.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-storey, regular fenestration to upper storey, finialed gable breaking eaves to centre, arcaded at ground. Regular single windows to flanking gabled outer bays.

Plate glass sash and case windows. Grey slates, decorative ridge tiles, lead flashing. Coped ridge stacks and skewputts, stone thistle finials to apex of gables. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: Seen 2012. Internally demonstrating good detailing in Tudor style such as entrance steps rising up to open into central hall with stone colonnade, stone corbels to timber boarded roof and paired curved stairs up to headmaster's and teachers' rooms overlooking hall. Large tudor archway leading of main hall. Ceramic tiles to dado height with decorative tile border; timber-panelled doors with etched glass and multi-pane timber pen-lights over.

BOUNDARY WALL: bull-faced sandstone courses, saddle-back coping. Plain cast-iron railings.

Statement of Interest

The school is built into a steeply sloping hill so is consequently 2-storeys high to the W and single storey to the E. Shaw's competition winning design is similar in design to George Arthur's slightly earlier Chapelside Primary also for the Airdrie School Board, 1883 (see separate listing).

A good example of a later board school by a well known local architect with unusual Jacobean and Tudor style detailing such as crow stepped gables, decorative stone finials, dormers and an unusual rounded rusticated base course feature setting the building into the gradient of the site. The survival of the ornate boundary walls and cast iron railings in their original format surrounding the whole site is of note. The well-proportioned central hall has some fine Tudor detailing such as delicately carved red sandstone columns and corbels and large Tudor archway leading of the main hall. There are paired curved timber half height stairs leading to the headmaster's and teachers' office overlooking the main hall.

List description updated following review of listing 2012.

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