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Royal British Hotel, Dundee 2, 4, Castle Street

A Category B Listed Building in Dundee, Dundee

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Latitude: 56.461 / 56°27'39"N

Longitude: -2.9687 / 2°58'7"W

OS Eastings: 340401

OS Northings: 730296

OS Grid: NO404302

Mapcode National: GBR ZB1.P9

Mapcode Global: WH7RB.CVKS

Plus Code: 9C8VF26J+CG

Entry Name: Royal British Hotel, Dundee 2, 4, Castle Street

Listing Name: 1A and 2 High STREET/2, 4, 6 Castle Street

Listing Date: 30 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 361406

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25219

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200361406

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee

Town: Dundee

Electoral Ward: Maryfield

Traditional County: Angus

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Circa 1800; classical embellishments late 19th century. 4-storey and later attic, classically-detailed former hotel, now university hall of residence with shops to ground floor. Painted ashlar, slate Mansard roof. Shopfronts to ground floor, modern at no 1A, pilastered and round-headed at no 2 High Street and nos 2 and 4 Castle Street, plain 19th century design at no 6 Castle Street; continuous cill band to 2nd floor, consoled and corniced balustraded parapet with ball-finialled dies and pyramidal angle dies; 2- and 4-pane timber sash and case windows, architraved to 1st floor with sculpted round-headed pediments, shouldered to 2nd floor with consoled cills, architraved to 3rd floor; corniced wallhead stack to High Street, ridge stacks elsewhere.

HIGH STREET ELEVATION: 10-bay, grouped 3-3-4; modern door to residence at ground floor centre, shopfronts to left and right, 10 windows to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor, various attic windows mostly masked by parapet.

CASTLE STREET ELEVATION: 6-bay, grouped 3-2-1; 2-leaf panelled door to centre, pilastered doorpiece with decorative mouldings and consoles, broken segmental pediment with festooned sculpture at tympanum and truncated ball-finial, shopfronts to left and right; 6 windows to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor, 6 attic windows mostly masked by parapet.

INTERIOR: not seen.

Statement of Interest

Castle Street was opened from 1785, the second street to be formed from High Street/Nethergate to the Harbour, and this building appears to date from near that time. The building is shown in its original state in Kay's 'The Executive' as an hotel, eventually becoming the Royal British Hotel until its rebirth in 1965 as Chalmers Hall of Residence of the University of Dundee, named after James Chalmers (1782-1853), inventor of the adhesive postage stamp and whose shop was situated at

the adjoining 10 Castle Street, also listed.

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