Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Houston And Killellan
NS 40533 66924
240533, 666924


Mercat cross in prominent position with probable 14th century stepped plinth and dated 1713 headpiece. Square-plan chamfered shaft with square headpiece with sundial markings and gnomons on each face; ball finial. Surmounted on 3-stepped base.

Statement of Special Interest

An important part of the history of Houston, the mercat cross is situated in a prominent position in the main street and adds significantly to the streetscape of the town.

Originally situated at Kirk Road, near the church to the East of the present village, the cross was moved to its present position when the new planned town of Houston was built after 1781.

Mercat crosses were important structures in many Scottish towns as they were focal ponts for trading and public announcements. Many were also the place where punishments were meted out. Sundials at the top of a single shaft, as here, was a common form.

List description updated 2010.



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map, 1856-8 (in present postion). Canmore ID 43101, from (accessed 11-01-10). D Macgibbon & T Ross, Castellated & Domestic Architecture Vol V 11887-92 p403.

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