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15 and 17 Castle, Town Hall and Police Station

A Category C Listed Building in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.3962 / 55°23'46"N

Longitude: -4.1846 / 4°11'4"W

OS Eastings: 261738

OS Northings: 613536

OS Grid: NS617135

Mapcode National: GBR 4V.22TT

Mapcode Global: WH4SK.PMJJ

Entry Name: 15 and 17 Castle, Town Hall and Police Station

Listing Date: 20 June 2005

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398013

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50128

Building Class: Cultural

Location: New Cumnock

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Cumnock and New Cumnock

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Allan Stevenson, dated 1888 with mid 20th century addition and possibly incorporating slightly earlier fabric (see Notes). Single storey and attic, Scots Renaissance / Queen Anne style Town Hall composed of broad gabled hall with pedimented windows to front and flying buttresses to N side, pedimented pr front gable, and office rooms and police station recessed to rear and left of entrance; mid 20th century extension left of entrance, to front of Police Station. Red sandstone ashlar with polished ashlar dressings; incipal entrance to left of random rubble to sides and rear. Base course and discontinuous eaves course.

DESCRIPTION: 2-leaf timber panelled front door deeply recessed in roll-moulded, chamfered architrave with open pediment containing blind armorial device; TOWN HALL in raised letters over door. Recessed section behind entrance with round-pedimented window to attic. Queen Anne style scrolled gable recessed to left of entrance with lower 2-storey extension in front filling re-entrant angle. 3-bay gable to hall to right of entrance; tripartite mullioned windows at centre to ground and 1st floors with open pediment to upper window; single windows to outer bays with semicircular pediments; 1888 datestone to gable apex with flanking scrolls and mini round pediment. 4 half-pointed arch shouldered buttresses to N elevation of hall. Blind asymmetrical gable to rear of hall; irregularly fenestrated piend-roofed section to right. Fairly regular fenestration of mullioned windows to S (side) elevation.

Timber sash and case windows with small-pane glazed uppers sashes and plate glass to lower sashes. Ashlar-coped skews. Graded grey Scottish slate with decorative red terracotta ridge tiles.

INTERIOR: stone staircase in entrance hall with barley-twist iron balusters and compartmented ceiling. Hall with balcony, stage and diagonally-laid floor boards. Timber-boarded panelling to dado of public areas including hall and staircase. Some timber panelled interior doors.

Statement of Interest

A well-detailed sandstone building situated in a prominent position on the main road through New Cumnock, next to Martyrs Parish Church (listed separately category B). The town hall is in rather poor condition (2005), but, with the exception of the Police Station extension, is little altered and retains its original windows and slates.

Allan Stevenson was an Ayr-based architect. Little is known about his personal history; his practice was predominantly local to Ayr, but fairly prolific.

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