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75 High Street and 2 Newmarket Street

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4634 / 55°27'48"N

Longitude: -4.6304 / 4°37'49"W

OS Eastings: 233795

OS Northings: 621986

OS Grid: NS337219

Mapcode National: GBR 39.XY5P

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.VY71

Entry Name: 75 High Street and 2 Newmarket Street

Listing Date: 10 January 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356984

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21603

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Allan Stevenson, 1886. 3-storey, 2-bay with corbelled corner bay, rectangular-plan crowstepped gabled baronial tenement with ground floor shop. Squared, snecked and stugged beige sandstone. Corbelling with crenellated links to crowstepped gables (straight skews to corbelled corner bay gable); water spouts.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: corbelled corner bay to outer left; single windows to all faces at 2nd floor, strapwork above; square-headed finials to gablehead. Modern shopfront at ground; entrance to left; glazed timber door; letterbox fanlight; shop windows to right. Single windows at 1st and 2nd floors to gabled bay to outer right; hoodmould to window at 1st floor, plaque beneath; brackets, cornice and strapwork to window at 2nd floor. Bipartite window at 1st floor of bay to left; strapwork above; square plaque aligned above at 2nd floor.

S (NEWMARKET STREET) ELEVATION: 2 gabled bays (bay to right asymmetrical) with corbelled corner bay to outer right (see above). Modern shopfront windows at ground floor. Bipartite window with pedimented windowhead to outer left at 1st floor; single hoodmoulded window aligned above at 2nd floor; square plaque to gablehead dated AD 1886. Corbelled canopy niche containing statute of William Wallace to right at 1st floor; small round-arched window to left; single hoodmoulded window aligned above at 2nd floor. 2-light canted oriel window to left of corbelled corner bay (see above) at 1st floor.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows to upper floors with exception of 4-pane window to corbelled corner bay at 2nd floor. Grey slate roof; gablehead stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

Statement of Interest

1810 statue of William Wallace by William Reid. The AYR, PRESTWICK AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL GUIDE notes, "Henry Cowan, Esq., owner of the house in 1810, put up this statue at his own expense." The building stands adjacent to the site of the Laigh Tolbooth, where Wallace is thought to have been imprisoned (Strawhorn and Andrew, p105).

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