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Latitude: 55.7416 / 55°44'29"N
Longitude: -3.9754 / 3°58'31"W
OS Eastings: 276078
OS Northings: 651568
OS Grid: NS760515
Mapcode National: GBR 02P1.3M
Mapcode Global: WH4QX.XY39
Entry Name: Larkhall, 3-5 London Street, the Village Tavern
Listing Date: 30 March 1998
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 391928
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45117
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Lanarkshire
Electoral Ward: Larkhall
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
Late 19th century. 2-storey, 3-bay (4-bay at ground) end-of-terrace Public House with little-altered interior scheme. Polished grey sandstone ashlar with polished dressings. Canted 3-light window at 1st floor to left with shaped/scalloped blocking course with ball finial to centre above. Painted timber fascia below cornice between ground and 1st floor; curvilinear aprons below corniced cills at 1st floor; eaves course and cornice. Raised margins to windows; cavetto moulded strips flanking canted window.
W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-leaf timber door with geometrically glazed rectangular fanlight at ground in bay to centre; 2 part-glazed timber panelled vestibule doors at right angles to main entrance behind; large flanking picture window to each side of door; keystoned architraved doorway with short fluted pilasters and blank frieze above in bay to outer right; replacement 2-leaf timber door with semicircle fanlight. Single window in bay to centre at 1st floor; canted window in bay to left; tripartite window in bay to right.
S (SIDE) ELEVATION: blank gabled wall with gablehead stack.
2-pane timber sash and case windows (small-pane glazing to upper sash) to 1st floor windows; picture windows at ground. Grey slate roof; ashlar coped stack; coped skew; cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: good original interior features. Timber boarding to picture rail height and decorative cornices; free-standing timber drinks gantry to centre with early till drawer; square shaped timber bar counter with boarded panels around bar base divided by pilasters with deep frieze; fixed slatted benches lining window alcoves with original fixed L-plan timber tables on cast-iron supports; fixed slatted benches lining side walls. 1920s tiled fireplace. Partitioned area to far right corner containing spirits cupboard. Two small sitting rooms to rear.
The Village Tavern is a good example of a late 19th century public house containing a substantially unaltered interior. Features of particular note include the ribbed panel island counter, wood-panelled walls and fixed slatted benches. The two small sitting rooms to rear are currently used for storage. The building occupies a prominent position at a main junction of the major route through Larkhall. Elections took place here before 1872, though the building was not then in its present form.
List description updated as part of Public Houses Thematic Study 2007-08.
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