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Latitude: 55.6107 / 55°36'38"N
Longitude: -4.4985 / 4°29'54"W
OS Eastings: 242725
OS Northings: 638069
OS Grid: NS427380
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MJH8
Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.W71L
Plus Code: 9C7QJG62+7J
Entry Name: 12 Strand Street, Kilmarnock
Listing Name: 1-3 Dunlop Street and 12 Strand Street
Listing Date: 1 August 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396183
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48720
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Early 19th century. 2-storey L-plan corner site comprising shop flanked by 2-bay houses. Houses: random rubble, harled and painted; corner shop: coursed ashlar, harled and painted. All with painted ashlar window margins.
S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-storey, 2-bay house to left, door to ground right; large double width window to ground floor right with blind 1st floor, fascia for name dividing storeys and continuing around corner. Single window to arched corner, low parapet with raised centre surmounting.
E ELEVATION: arched corner (see S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION) leading to low door with paired windows, single window to outer bay on 1st floor.
N & W (REAR) ELEVATIONS: not seen, 2001.
Mostly 4-pane timber sash and case windows to some ground and all 1st floor fenestration. Iron window guards barring ground floor windows, with glazing plan lost to former main windows. Partially glazed door to S, boarded door to E elevation. Piended grey slate roof with replacement aluminium ridges and no valleys abutting gables of former buildings. Two 2-pane cast-iron Carron lights to S elevation of roof. Plain painted cast-iron rainwater goods: gutters tucked under eaves, down-pipes to outer edge of the building to Strand Street, Dunlop Street elevation sharing adjacent building's down-pipe. Yellow brick stack to W, partially adjoining gable of derelict building (to Dunlop Street), 4 mis-matched cans; lowered stack to N, all cans now missing. 2 large modern ventilation flues to rear.
INTERIOR: originally 2 small houses flanking a shop accessed through a door in the SE corner. Fenestration altered in the 20th century to provide change of usage into a restaurant / bar. Evidence of former thatched roof in place under slates.
The street was named after James Dunlop, the owner of Langlands House which stood between Strand Street and Langlands Street. The building would have been sited in a busy and prominent area of the town, directly on the rural post road from Stewarton. Strand Street was primarily the main urban road though Kilmarnock and the first street to be paved. This particular building was formerly 3 properties. The corner property was a shop, occupied in the early 20th century by J Hannah, a grocer. The pediment of the original elevation is still visible at the eaves level. To the flanks was a small house. The corner site was increasingly dwarfed from the late 19th century by the surrounding buildings. The development of John Finnie Street saw many large red sandstone 3-storey properties bound the building to the rear. Croft and Strand Street became home to Gabriel Andrew's monumental warehouse for Johnnie Walker and to the S of the site a bonded warehouse was constructed by the same partnership. The construction of a stable building for the increasing Walker development to the N completed its surroundings. Many buildings of this corner site's era were replaced, either by grand town schemes provided by the new money of Victorian industrialists or by comprehensive redevelopment of the town in the late 20th century. It is a surprising survivor within the townscape.
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