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23 Main Street

A Category C Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.7477 / 55°44'51"N

Longitude: -4.6095 / 4°36'34"W

OS Eastings: 236306

OS Northings: 653567

OS Grid: NS363535

Mapcode National: GBR 3B.BWQQ

Mapcode Global: WH3PH.5S8L

Plus Code: 9C7QP9XR+36

Entry Name: 23 Main Street

Listing Name: Gateside, 23 Main Street

Listing Date: 31 March 2004

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398791

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49733

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200398791

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Dalry and West Kilbride

Parish: Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Late 18th to early 19th century. Single storey cottage with 3 wide bays to Main Street; low wallhead and later catslide dormers. Central part-glazed timber boarded door; flanking small windows. Painted pebbledash (replacing lime harl) with smooth painted margins.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: 3 bays with projecting bay to R; 20th century addition to attic (accommodating bathroom); later glazed lean-to in return.

Timber sash and case 4-pane windows to front. Grey slates.

INTERIOR: little original survives; 2 tiled fireplaces circa 1950.

Statement of Interest

The cottage was possibly thatched originally, being of relatively humble origin. At a later date the roof was slated, and later still the dormers were added, probably replacing two small skylights. The dormers, door and timber glazing date from the late 19th century. In the earlier part of the 20th century a shepherd occupied the cottage; before this it is thought there were as many as four separate tenants. A box bed is thought to have been in the room on the left, adjacent to the range (since removed). The cottage is of a good vernacular form and the catslide dormers are common to the region. 23 Main Street is well preserved and with its cream-coloured paintwork, red door and window details, a local trademark, it contributes well to the streetscape of Gateside. The village would have had many more of these buildings, together with two-storey tenements, but most of these are long since demolished.

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