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Latitude: 55.8262 / 55°49'34"N
Longitude: -3.2226 / 3°13'21"W
OS Eastings: 323505
OS Northings: 659892
OS Grid: NT235598
Mapcode National: GBR 51Y2.39
Mapcode Global: WH6T5.GTNF
Entry Name: 6-10 (Even Nos) High Street, Scotmid
Listing Date: 9 March 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394186
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46818
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Penicuik
Traditional County: Midlothian
John Kinross and H O Tarbolton, 1904-5. 2 storey, 8-bay L-plan classical department store clasping corner site, on falling ground to S. Polished sandstone ashlar. Base course; corniced band course between principal and 1st floors; cill course at 1st floor; cornice and balustraded parapet with decorative panel at centre, at 1st floor.
SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: pilastraded at ground. Modern doors in doorpieces flanking centre, with blind segmental-arched fanlights, modern goods door in bay to outer left with louvered ventilation opening above, modern plate glass windows in remaining bays and at 1st floor. Small architraved Renaissance window on decoratively carved low-relief corbel, surmounted by dentilled cornice, to outer left. Balustrade divided by corniced dies surmounted by urns; central decorative architraved panel with wreath and bird decoration (co-operative's motif) surmounted by obelisk on segmental pediment.
E AND S ELEVATIONS: rock-faced snecked ashlar gables, both obscured by adjoining buildings (12 High Street, The Railway Tavern, to E, see separate listing).
REAR ELEVATION: not seen, 1999.
INTERIOR: not seen, 1999.
Modern fenestration. Grey slate piended roof with lead ridge, and flag-pole set at centre. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Coped blocking courses at gables swept up to gablehead stacks; corniced, with circular cans.
Extended and redesigned after fire on 6.3.1904. 6-10 High Street fills an imposing position on the northern terrace at the west of Penicuik's High Street. Kinross and Tarbolton's new build used the local builder James Tait. The building was at this date the store of the Penicuik Co-operative Association, the predecessors of Scotmid. The Kinross and Tarbolton design picks up the pilastraded form which has become a Penicuik trademark.
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