Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 33638 21990
233638, 621990


Peddie & Kinnear, 1857. 3-storey, 5-bay Italian Renaissance former bank on corner site. Polished ashlar. Base course; connecting springing line to ground floor windows; ground floor frieze; 1st and 2nd floor cill courses (fretwork frieze beneath to NE elevation); eaves course (decorative roundels within to NE elevation); dentilled frieze; mutuled cornice. Raised quoins. Round-arched windows at ground floor, aprons, architraved from springing line to crown, keystones to NE elevation; consoled cornices at 1st floor round-arched windows, keystones, ornamental work to spandrels; shouldered-arched architraved windows at 2nd floor.

NW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: entrances to outer right and left; decorative consoled doorpieces; shell tympana; keystones; 2-leaf timber doors; 3 single windows between. Regular fenestration to upper floors.

NE (NEWMARKET STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay. Regular fenestration to all floors. Additional single bay to outer left (see Notes).

4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate low-pitched roof; corniced wallhead stacks.

INTERIOR: decorative frieze and cornices remain to reception rooms; cast-iron barley sugar balusters and timber handrail to staircase.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Royal Bank of Scotland. THE BUILDING CHRONICLE of 1857 writes, "... we are warranted in saying that its spacious dimensions, the elegance of the design, and the beauty of the stone (which was supplied from Dunaskin quarry, near Dalmellington), mutually combine to render the building an attractive ornament of the town." A wing to the rear of the building, with an entrance from Newmarket Street was used by the bank porter (see list description for 71 Newmarket Street).



Ordnance Survey map, 1896 (evident); THE BUILDING CHRONICLE Vol 2 (June 1857) p214; N Hynd HISTORIC BUILDINGS COUNCIL REPORT (1978); Rob Close AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN (1992), p15; Dane Love PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AYR (1995), p21; NMRS Photographic Archive (AY/461).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to 39 SANDGATE, QUEEN'S COURT HOUSE

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 26/03/2019 15:05