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61 High Street, Rothesay, Bute

A Category B Listed Building in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.8357 / 55°50'8"N

Longitude: -5.0541 / 5°3'14"W

OS Eastings: 208843

OS Northings: 664497

OS Grid: NS088644

Mapcode National: GBR FFW9.5QF

Mapcode Global: WH1LM.BLK3

Plus Code: 9C7PRWPW+79

Entry Name: 61 High Street, Rothesay, Bute

Listing Name: 61 and 67 High Street Including Rear Outbuilding (No 65)

Listing Date: 2 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 386390

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB40457

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200386390

Location: Rothesay

County: Argyll and Bute

Town: Rothesay

Electoral Ward: Isle of Bute

Traditional County: Buteshire

Tagged with: Shop Terrace house

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Early 19th century (circa 1820?). Symmetrical pair of 2-storey, 3-bay cottages forming low rectangular-plan terrace with shops at ground. Painted harl; painted margins; overhanging eaves. Pitched single storey, rectangular-plan, part whitewashed random rubble outbuilding at rear (No 65).

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION NOS 61 & 67: boarded timber doors at ground in penultimate bays to outer left and right; flanking single windows; single windows at ground in bays to outer right and left respectively; square opening (former sink) at centre. Regularly fenestrated at 1st floor.

12-pane timber casement glazing. Graded grey slate roof; raised skews; coped apex stacks to N and S; coped ridge stack at centre; various circular cans.

INTERIOR: converted for shop/office use; some decorative timber panelling surrounding fireplace; carved thistle motifs; egg-and-dart cornice carving.

NO 65: converted for use as store; single openings in bays to left and right of centre; boarded timber addition to outer right; graded grey slate roof.

Statement of Interest

Group with Nos 51, 53, 55, 57 and 59 High Street. Previously listed as No 67 High Street and shop premises of Dugald H McFie; also shop plumbers. No 65 at rear owned by Bute Estate Office and leased to Nos 61 and 67 (building contractors). Formerly random rubble.

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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