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Barrington House, 65 Wilson Street, Beith

A Category B Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.7544 / 55°45'16"N

Longitude: -4.6295 / 4°37'46"W

OS Eastings: 235079

OS Northings: 654362

OS Grid: NS350543

Mapcode National: GBR 39.BJNB

Mapcode Global: WH2NB.VMNF

Plus Code: 9C7QQ93C+Q5

Entry Name: Barrington House, 65 Wilson Street, Beith

Listing Name: 65 Wilson Street, Barrington House, Including Former Coachhouse, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Gates

Listing Date: 31 March 2004

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397346

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49743

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith

Parish: Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Circa 1860 (coachhouse dated). Large 2-storey, 3-bay Italianate villa; converted to residential care home, 1999. Central portico supported by Corinthian columns; timber panelled outer door within pilastered surround, round-arched fanlight above; flanking canted bay windows. 1st floor with central bipartite window, flanking tripartite windows; moulded square-headed architraves. Round-arched and segmental heads to windows. Polished buff ashlar with raised quoins; bracketed eaves cornice.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: 4 bays. Canted bay to outer L ground and 1st floors; single storey entrance block to centre L, bipartite stair window above; 2 bays to R with late 20th century conservatory; all windows with round-arched heads.

S ELEVATION: service door in re-entrant angle.

N ELEVATION: projecting bay to ground R with bipartite window; window to 1st floor.

Timber sash and case windows throughout. Grey slates to piended roof; some straight stone skews to gabled blocks at rear; corniced ashlar stacks with moulded clay cans.

INTERIOR: altered 1999. Decorative cast-iron balustrade and mahogany handrail to stair. Timber panelled doors with roll-moulded architraves; some original decorative cornicing.

COACHHOUSE: 3 bays. Off-centre gabled bay with depressed arch (keyblock dated 1860); oculi above; pyramidal finial to apex. Timber boarded door to L; door to R with small windows to ground and 1st floor. Round-arched bipartite window to W gable. Coursed, stugged sandstone. Timber sash and case lying-pane windows and small-pane windows. Grey slates; sawtooth skews; stone ridge; wallhead stacks to rear. Now in poor condition.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: random rubble coped wall bounding garden to E and N at rear and sides; cast-iron gate to rear. Painted, coped low ashlar wall toWilson Street; 4 Gothic octagonal gatepiers with bracketed, scalloped caps; 2 small cast-iron gates and central 2-leaf cast-iron gate (both fleur de lis pattern).

Statement of Interest

The Italianate design and decorative detailing of the house is more sophisticated than the average pattern-book Victorian villa. Although the house has lost much of its original interior features, the elevation to Wilson Street, with the prominent gatepiers, contributes much to the streetscape. The only alteration to this elevation is the ramp for disabled access but this does not overly compromise the design. The house retains its original round-arched timber windows, which are distinctive and contribute much to the character of the villa.

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