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Ardrishaig, Pier Square, Former Passenger Terminal Building

A Category C Listed Building in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0133 / 56°0'47"N

Longitude: -5.4457 / 5°26'44"W

OS Eastings: 185311

OS Northings: 685401

OS Grid: NR853854

Mapcode National: GBR DDYT.DBV

Mapcode Global: WH0JJ.B31Y

Entry Name: Ardrishaig, Pier Square, Former Passenger Terminal Building

Listing Date: 21 May 2008

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399924

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51097

Building Class: Cultural

Location: South Knapdale

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Parish: South Knapdale

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

1891. Single-storey and attic, roughly rectangular-plan, 9-bay former passenger terminal building with piended roof and diminutive clock tower. Painted rubble with raised cills. Near-identical elevations to Pier Square and harbour: 3 adjoining passenger through-fares inscribed 'IN, OUT, OUT', each with timber double-door and central dormer gable above to both sides. Clock tower with pyramidal roof and metal weather vane. Doors and windows to N end (former waiting room).

INTERIOR: Upper level reached by door to far S. 1st floor rooms with timber pitch-pine boarding to ceiling height. Room to far N with original cast iron safe and wall mounted desk with recess above. Ladder to working clock mechanism within tower.

Timber framed glazing. Grey slate. End and ridge stacks; clay cans.

Statement of Interest

The former passenger terminal is a good survival of its type situated in a prominent position between Ardrishaig Harbour to the E (see separate listing), the Crinan Canal (scheduled monument) to the W and Ardrishaig boatyard to the N. Built to collect pier dues from passengers embarking onto steamers using the pier, the building remains substantially unaltered. The three pends served as routes for access and egress and originally had turnstiles to control the flow of the many hundreds of passengers on the larger steamers. The ground floor towards the N was used as a waiting room. The gabled, 3-bay, 2-storey Canal Office situated to the N side of the square and the single storey-structure to the S, provide strong historic context and add considerably to the interest of the passenger terminal building.

Ardrishaig was a small fishing village until 1809 when the Crinan Canal was opened linking Loch Fyne to the Sound of Jura. The harbour was built as an entrance to the canal but from 1814 was also used by steamships. By 1829 over 30,000 passengers were travelling along the canal each year around which time the village became a significant port for both passenger and freight traffic. Later, Ardrishaig was the terminus of a mailsteamer service from Glasgow (later Gourock) which ceased to run at the end of the 1960s. The passenger terminal building has not been used for its original function since that time and the ground floor is currently leased to local businesses.

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