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6-10 (Even Nos) Mar Street, Hope Bakers, with Ovens

A Category B Listed Building in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1149 / 56°6'53"N

Longitude: -3.7919 / 3°47'31"W

OS Eastings: 288673

OS Northings: 692796

OS Grid: NS886927

Mapcode National: GBR 1K.LL32

Mapcode Global: WH5QD.QKHL

Entry Name: 6-10 (Even Nos) Mar Street, Hope Bakers, with Ovens

Listing Date: 1 July 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356244

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21030

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alloa

County: Clackmannanshire

Town: Alloa

Electoral Ward: Clackmannanshire South

Traditional County: Clackmannanshire

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Description

Circa 1830, 2-storey commercial premises with 6-bay pilastered shopfront at ground and 3-bay residential accommodation above, in terraced street, with early 19th century baking oven to rear.

Rendered, squared and coursed stone. Painted shopfront. Base course, continuous fascia and cornice.

MAR STREET ELEVATION: shopfront originally mirrored about centre with doorways in penultimate bays flanked by windows, door to right with part-glazed, 2-leaf inner door, flanked by large plate glass windows; door to left blinded and former large window openings part blocked

with smaller windows. 3 regularly disposed windows at 1st floor. 12-pane timber sash and case windows; grey slate roof; single cast-iron rooflight: coped skews; stone stack to left mutual gable,

removed to right.

INTERIOR: circa 1820 property with plaster cornices and window shutters surviving.

OVENS: probably early 19th century brick oven to rear pre-dating shopfront block, formerly approached by vennel (evident in Wood's plan, 1825), still in use in 1994; painted brick externally with cast-iron door plate to stoking section and large rectangular embrasured opening to oven (apparently altered from original). 2nd over steam-powered, circa 1840, in back courtyard glazed over at this date.

Statement of Interest

Fascia declaring the establishment of Hope bakers in 1810 (as at date of listing). The survival of the brick oven is particularly interesting: it may well be the oldest oven still in use (1994) in Britain. The pilastered shopfront, 12-pane timber windows and unbroken roofline are themselves meritorious.

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