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51-53 High Street, Rothesay, Bute

A Category B Listed Building in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.8361 / 55°50'9"N

Longitude: -5.0539 / 5°3'14"W

OS Eastings: 208855

OS Northings: 664535

OS Grid: NS088645

Mapcode National: GBR FFW9.5SG

Mapcode Global: WH1LM.BKMV

Plus Code: 9C7PRWPW+CC

Entry Name: 51-53 High Street, Rothesay, Bute

Listing Name: 51 and 53 High Street

Listing Date: 2 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 386386

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB40455

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200386386

Location: Rothesay

County: Argyll and Bute

Town: Rothesay

Electoral Ward: Isle of Bute

Traditional County: Buteshire

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Early 19th century. Pair of 2-storey, 2-bay near-symmetrical flatted houses forming part of terrace; attic at No 51. Painted harl; painted margins. Raised base course; lintel course beneath eaves; projecting cills. Prominent quoin-detailing to outer right.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2-leaf timber panelled door at ground in bay to outer left (No 51, entrance upper flat); plate-glass fanlight; single window at ground in bay to right; single windows in both bays at 1st floor; 3-light canted dormer above. Timber panelled door at ground in penultimate bay to outer right (No 53, entrance ground floor flat); architraved surround; plate-glass fanlight; single window at ground in bay to outer right; single windows in both bays at 1st floor.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slate roof; raised skews; corniced wallhead stack at centre; corniced ridge stack; circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 55, 57, 59, 61 and 67 High Street (No 65 at rear). Although the pair appear to be divided vertically, they are in fact divided horizontally - forming separate flats at ground and 1st floors.

Rothesay is one of Scotland's premier seaside resorts, developed primarily during the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and incorporates an earlier medieval settlement. The town retains a wide range of buildings characteristic of its development as a high status 19th century holiday resort, including a range of fine villas, a Victorian pier and promenade.

The history and development of Rothesay is defined by two major phases. The development of the medieval town, centred on Rothesay Castle, and the later 19th and early 20th century development of the town as a seaside resort. Buildings from this later development, reflect the wealth of the town during its heyday as a tourist destination, and include a range of domestic and commercial architecture of a scale sometimes found in larger burghs. Both the 19th and early 20th century growth of the town, with a particular flourish during the inter-war period, included areas of reclaimed foreshore, particularly along the coast to the east of the town and around the pier and pleasure gardens.

(List description revised as part of Rothesay listing review 2010-11).

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