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Signpost, Kingshouse

A Category C Listed Building in Balquhidder, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.3536 / 56°21'12"N

Longitude: -4.3253 / 4°19'31"W

OS Eastings: 256412

OS Northings: 720342

OS Grid: NN564203

Mapcode National: GBR 0X.3L98

Mapcode Global: WH3LQ.JKKM

Plus Code: 9C8Q9M3F+CV

Entry Name: Signpost, Kingshouse

Listing Name: Kingshouse, Signpost

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398325

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50342

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Balquhidder

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Parish: Balquhidder

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Circa 1890, or later (see Notes). Painted cast-iron signpost with 2 arms. Straight post with 2 ring shafts below arms and ball finial. White-painted cast-iron arms with chamfered corners, black raised lettering (see Notes) and black-painted edges. A rare surviving example of a traditional signpost.

Statement of Interest

Situated at the Balquhidder junction, by the corner of the Kingshouse Hotel car park. This sign originally had 3 arms as this was originally a T-junction with the A84 running past the front of The Kingshouse Hotel. The third arm was presumably removed when the road was re-routed.

This type of road sign was once ubiquitous on the roads of Scotland, and is an important part of the history of road transport. Most of these signposts have now been replaced by modern signs which are more legible to fast-moving traffic. This is the only such signpost known to survive in anything approaching its original condition in the Trossachs, although there is a much later, and less complete signpost at the Stroneslaney / Ballimore Junction in this parish (not listed). Other signposts are known to survive in Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and East Lothian.

There are 2 arms to the post. One is for ROB ROY'S GRAVE. 2 MILES; and BRAES O'BALQUHIDDER. The other is for LOCHEARNHEAD. 3 MILES; KILLIN. 10 MILES; CRIANLARICH. 20 MILES; and OBAN. 61 MILES and has a small attachment clipped onto it for the A84. Each arm also has an illustration of a pointing hand.

A signpost is marked on this spot on the 1898 OS map, but it is not presently known whether this is the original sign, or a later replacement. The article in Ayrshire Notes indicates similar signs in Ayrshire date from the mid 1920s. It was, however, erected before 1930 as a memorandum on direction posts issued by the Ministry of Transport in 1930 specified that the arms should have square ends.

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