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91 and 93 Main Street

A Category C Listed Building in Callander, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2433 / 56°14'36"N

Longitude: -4.2126 / 4°12'45"W

OS Eastings: 262983

OS Northings: 707847

OS Grid: NN629078

Mapcode National: GBR 11.BMLX

Mapcode Global: WH4NH.8B8M

Entry Name: 91 and 93 Main Street

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398384

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50389

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Callander

County: Stirling

Town: Callander

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

The building is a rare un-altered example in Callander of a later 19th century 2-storey and attic shop and dwelling house. Unlike other commercial buildings in the vicinity the principle elevation has not been masked by a modern shop front and still retains its original shop window opening. Decorative sandstone features and shouldered openings to the principal elevation contribute positively to the streetscape Main Street.

The near symmetrical principal (SW) elevation is organised with a door to the centre (93) giving access to a hallway with 2 ground floor rooms and a stairtower to the rear leading to the 1st floor and attic. The shop front is set to the left and incorporates an adjacent matching doorpiece (91) which is slightly larger than 93. The large shop window to outer left retains its original shouldered timber window fitting.

The elevation is enlivened by a block course with brackets supporting a string and eaves course at the ground and 1st floor. The rear (NE) elevation is dominated by a square-plan stair tower with flanking wing walls.

The shop in the 19 and 20th century was an upholsterers, a large outshot to the rear is shown on the 1st and 2nd edition Ordnance Survey. This would have probably been a workroom, it no longer survives, however the present owners have found horse hair in their garden, on the site of the workroom.

Interior

The shop has been enlarged in the past by the removal of the dividing NE wall to create a large open-plan space leading to the rear. A mantelpiece with cast-iron grate and cornice work remain to the front room, a doorway gives internal access to the adjacent hallway in 93. The 2 ground floor rooms to 93 both have cast-iron grates, that to the rear has a large chamfered stone hearth (possibly the former kitchen).

Materials

Timber twin-leaf storm doors to both entrances with bipartite fanlights. Twin-leaf timber inner door to 91, panelled timber and glass inner door to 93. Rubble 'pudding stone' lined in part to principal elevation, sandstone dressings; white painted to ground floor. Timber sash and case multi-paned windows, shouldered to principal elevation. Grey slate pitched roof. Pair of original distinctive local style canted timber dormer windows with curved roofs to principle and rear (NE) elevation. Yellow brick stack to SE gable with shaped cans.

Statement of Interest

According to the present owners the shop and house were always in the same ownership, with the shopkeeper therefore living on the premises. The attic however has been recently converted into a separate flat.

The evolution of the buildings along the street is suggested by the presence of a raised margin to the right arris of the shop but not a corresponding one to the left. The adjacent building to the left, No 89 (currently unlisted, 2004), encroaches the roof space of the shop suggesting that 89 was enlarged/rebuilt at some later date. It is also interesting to note that the shop appears on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map with a pend separating it from No 95 and No 97 (currently unlisted, 2004) to the right. By the time of the 2nd edition the pend is still evident but narrower and at some point in the early 20th century 95 and 97 seem to have been rebuilt against the shop.

The current bookshop at No 91 also operates as a printing press, 2004.

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