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Holmston Primary School, Holmston Road, Ayr

A Category C Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4574 / 55°27'26"N

Longitude: -4.6236 / 4°37'24"W

OS Eastings: 234202

OS Northings: 621297

OS Grid: NS342212

Mapcode National: GBR 3B.Y609

Mapcode Global: WH2PW.Y3G4

Plus Code: 9C7QF94G+WH

Entry Name: Holmston Primary School, Holmston Road, Ayr

Listing Name: Holmston Road and Ashgrove Street, Holmston Primary School Including Gatepiers, Gates, Railings and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 11 April 1991

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357031

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21645

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr East

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Dated 1883, S extension 1997. Single storey, 9-bay H-plan primary school with Gothic detailing. Coursed, bull-faced red sandstone and ashlar dressings to N; rubble to E and W.

N (ENTRANCE, HOLMSTON ROAD) ELEVATION: grouped 1-7-1. Central gablet rises above 3 single central windows; stepped segmental-headed ornamental name and date stone; 2 pairs of bipartite windows flanking. Lean-to entrance porch to re-entrant angle to left; 2-leaf timber door within gablet surround; single window to gablet return; bipartite gablet window above, breaking eaves; finial; 2 single windows to left. Timber door with sidelight to right and small-paned square fanlight above; 2 single windows to right. Tripartite window to gabled bay to left; trefoil heads to outer windows; Ayr Burgh arms over central window, within relieving arch; ashlar bellcote (no bell); cross at apex. Tripartite window to stepped and piended bay to right; trefoil heads to outer windows; Ayr Burgh arms over central window; blind arrowslits with trefoil heads flanking.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; architraved doorway off-centre to left, flanked to left and right by irregular fenestration.

S ELEVATION: asymmetrical; tripartite window to stepped piended bay to right, blind trefoil heads; 1997 addition obscuring elevation to let.

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical; architraved doorway off-centre to right, flanked to left and right by irregular fenestration.

Predominantly 6- and 10-pane timber sash and case windows. Slate roof; rooflights; stone skews; gablet skewputts. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

GATEPIERS, GATES, RAILINGS AND BOUNDARY WALL: pyramidal-capped gatepiers to Holmston Road at centre, left and right; 2-leaf iron gates to centre and right. 2 pairs of plain gatepiers to Ashgrove Street; 2-leaf iron gates. Low coped boundary walls with railings atop to N and S elevations; higher boundary wall enclosing site to E and W elevations.

Statement of Interest

Former Smith's Institution. Good example of late 19th century institutional architecture, with its use of bull-faced sandstone to the N elevation (relatively rare in Ayr Burgh).

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