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8 Queen Street, Kilmarnock

A Category C Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.6079 / 55°36'28"N

Longitude: -4.4964 / 4°29'46"W

OS Eastings: 242846

OS Northings: 637748

OS Grid: NS428377

Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MQYF

Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.X91R

Plus Code: 9C7QJG53+5F

Entry Name: 8 Queen Street, Kilmarnock

Listing Name: 6 - 10 (Even Numbers) Queen Street

Listing Date: 1 August 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396265

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48777

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Town: Kilmarnock

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock East and Hurlford

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Late 19th - early 20th century. 2-storey, 7-bay, pared down Beaux-Arts style retail premises. Modern retail units to ground floor, older style retail premises to 1st floor. Red Ballochmyle ashlar principal elevation; yellow brick sides and rear. Deep band course and oversailing corbelled eaves course.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: to ground floor: later paired timber doors with ventilation louvres and glazed panels to 1st bay; shop to bays 2 - 4 with door to left and window to right; similar shop to bays 5 - 6 ?; timber panelled door and surround to extreme right leading to 1st floor. Deep corniced band course with squared pilaster bases supporting canted 1st floor mullions, flush lintels, heavy eaves course supporting corbelled oversailing cornice.

W ELEVATION: adjoining late 20th century King Street retail building.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: not seen, 2001; concealed by surrounding buildings.

E ELEVATION: adjoining No. 10 (former Blue Iguana) for 1 ?-storeys, blind gable above with central wallhead stack.

Varying designs of modern shop windows and semi-glazed doors to ground floor. Rectangular, timber sash and case windows to 1st floor: 2-pane larger lower light, small upper light with semi-circular detail. Piended and platformed grey slate roof; metal ridging, flashing and valleys, ventilator to left of E roofline. Replacement rainwater goods to E elevation, gutters to principal elevation concealed by eaves cornice. Tall, yellow and white brick wallhead stack to east, stone neck copes with 5 octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: ground floor altered to form modern shop units; 1st floor with high ceiling and wrought-iron staircase, further staircase leading from side of ground floor.

Statement of Interest

Queen Street, named after Queen Victoria, was one of the important town centre thoroughfares at the end of the 19th century. It was at the heart of King Street (which survives in its new modern shopping form), Princes Street (where the Kilmarnock Co-op was formed) and Mill Street (now largely demolished). Most of the Queen Street houses were declared to be "hovels" and not fit for human habitation. They were demolished and the site is now used as a car park. This building survives and is still in use for retail purposes. The earlier corner building was a public house at the end of the 19th century and although derelict, also survives. Surrounding these buildings are late 20th century retail units built after the comprehensive redevelopment of Kilmarnock in the 1970's & 1980's.

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