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Railway Tavern, 18 Smith Street, Ayr

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.459 / 55°27'32"N

Longitude: -4.627 / 4°37'37"W

OS Eastings: 233989

OS Northings: 621490

OS Grid: NS339214

Mapcode National: GBR 39.Y568

Mapcode Global: WH2PW.W1TW

Plus Code: 9C7QF95F+J5

Entry Name: Railway Tavern, 18 Smith Street, Ayr

Listing Name: 18 Smith Street

Listing Date: 10 January 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357225

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21799

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Dated 1897, alterations by J & H V Eaglesham, 1907. 3-storey, 5-bay Baroque Freestyle public house with circular corner bay rising into 3-bay drum forming ogee dome. Red ashlar, painted at ground. Base course; string course to fascia; cill courses; cornice; blocking course. Gibbsian keystoned corniced windows at 1st floor.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: grouped 1-3-1. Ionic half-columned central doorpiece; 2-leaf timber door; fanlight; flanking single windows; single window to outer right; timber door to outer left. Regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floor; pediment to 1st floor central window. Lozenge bay at ground to outer right, single windows flank bipartite window at centre; pilasters form consoles to 3-bay drum to window to right. Regular fenestration at 1st and 2nd floors; 2nd floor windows corniced with long and short surrounds; decorative consoles divide cartouche panels above; broad eaves; ogee dome; finial.

NE (KYLE STREET) ELEVATION: single bay. Ionic half-columned doorpiece to outer left; timber door; fanlight; single window to left. Regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floors. Balustraded parapet.

Timber sash and case windows (9-pane to ground, 6-pane to 1st and 2nd floors, to upper sashes). Grey slate roof; stone skews; coped stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: elaborate cornice to compartmental ceiling; foliate capitals to pillars; keystones to arches; elaborate mutuled fireplace with shouldered panel of lion, reads 'Robori. Prudentia. Praestat.'

Statement of Interest

An impressive public house notable for its prominent siting and tower, alongside its fine interior detailing.

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