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25 and 27 Bank Street, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 Union Street, 2 and 12 Brewhouse Court, 20 and 22 Coalgate, Former Meadow Brewery and Union Club

A Category B Listed Building in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1138 / 56°6'49"N

Longitude: -3.7936 / 3°47'36"W

OS Eastings: 288568

OS Northings: 692674

OS Grid: NS885926

Mapcode National: GBR 1J.LZNT

Mapcode Global: WH5QD.PLQG

Entry Name: 25 and 27 Bank Street, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 Union Street, 2 and 12 Brewhouse Court, 20 and 22 Coalgate, Former Meadow Brewery and Union Club

Listing Date: 14 June 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356191

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20981

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alloa

County: Clackmannanshire

Electoral Ward: Clackmannanshire South

Traditional County: Clackmannanshire

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Description

Late 18th and early to mid 19th century brewery and office of George Younger and Sons Ltd, part remodelled by John Melvin, 1901, as Union Club. 4 blocks of buildings arranged around a courtyard, NE and Coalgate ranges probably built as maltings, with brewhouse at Union Street and office at Bank Street. Central brewing tower or kiln.

Elevation to Bank Street: circa 1840 painted droved ashlar. Pilastered and corniced doorpieces, 1 symmetrically placed (perhaps originally manager's house?) 1 asymmetrical. Ground floor cill course, 1st floor segmental arched windows, cornice and blocking course. Bowed corner, ground floor window blocked, 1st floor retaining bowed glazing. Taller corniced door to Union Street with scroll-supported wallhead stack over plaque.

Elevation to Union Street: 5-bay, all openings altered 1901, but evidence of blocked openings, an oculus and a

relocated datestone of 1776 remain. 3 bays to left rebuilt from 1st floorlevel (originally louvred for coolers) with lugged architraved bipartites. Pend entrance originally

segmental arched. 2 bays to right originally 3-storey, retains original roof line, slated instead of tiled. 2

4-light oriels coved to meet overhanging gablets with decorative timber bracing.

Elevation to Coalgate: 2 bays with similar oriels to left. 3-storey malting altered to 2-storey: small windows blocked and larger architraved bipartites inserted. Relocated lead datestone of 1776. Modern window at ground. 3-bay gable to E maltings with stepped tripartite at 1st.

Courtyard: buildings similarly retain evidence of blocked openings indicating a raising of ceiling heights. 3-storey tower (or possibly a kiln) with altered openings. Upper

stage harled, probably in place of louvres. Pyramidal pantiled roof formerly bore louvred ventilator. Windows sash and case, circa 1900 4-pane glazing pattern to Bank Street, margined upper cases to Union Street and Coalgate. Roofs slate with ridge tiles. Original pantiles to brewing tower.

Interior: NE maltings floor on cast-iron pipes. Gothic timber arched-braced roof to meeting hall above. Coved plaster cornices in Bank Street corner. Interior of remainder largely reconstructed 1901 except roofs of tower and of taller Union Street/Coalgate blocks (stone flagged attic). Fine Edwardian panelling and timber chimney pieces at 1st floor for Union Club. Cast-iron range at ground.

Statement of Interest

George Younger was active as a brewer in Alloa from at least 1745 and established Meadow Brewery on its present site in 1764-6. Younger expanded into Candleriggs Brewery in 1852 and became the third largest brewer in Scotland, after William McEwan and William Younger of Edinburgh. Meadow Brewery ceased brewing in 1877 and became the company offices, part being the club of the Conservatives and Unionist Party. Younger's closed entirely in 1963. Now a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall. Up-graded C(S) to B January, 1990. Statutory address altered January 2008.

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