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Tam O'shanter Inn, 230 High Street, Ayr

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4609 / 55°27'39"N

Longitude: -4.6286 / 4°37'42"W

OS Eastings: 233898

OS Northings: 621700

OS Grid: NS338217

Mapcode National: GBR 39.Y4VG

Mapcode Global: WH2PW.W02F

Plus Code: 9C7QF96C+9H

Entry Name: Tam O'shanter Inn, 230 High Street, Ayr

Listing Name: 230 High Street

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357025

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21638

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Rebuilt 1808. 2-storey, 3-bay inn. Painted render. Base course; corniced fascia; painted margins to window openings.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central pilastered and corniced doorpiece; 2-leaf timber boarded door; elaborate iron-work lantern over; framed picture at 1st floor. Single windows flanking at ground and 1st floor (left hand window at ground enlarged, smaller windows at 1st floor). 'Tam O' Shanter Inn' to fascia. Carved heads beneath outer windows between 1st and 2nd floors.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey lean-to ancillary structures with slated roofs.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Reed roof; turf ridge; mutual gablehead stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: stone floor; timber ceiling beams; fireplace; plaque.

Statement of Interest

The building is of particular note for retaining its reed-roofing (probably originally a straw thatch). Picture above entrance by JA Paterson, 1956. Associated with Robert Burns' poem of the same name (although there is nothing in the poem which allows even tentative identification with any of the many inns of the late 18th century), Rob Close suggests the name was bestowed upon the inn by the enterprising publican John Glass, looking to increase trade (p18).

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