Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
East Renfrewshire
Planning Authority
East Renfrewshire
NS 50233 58907
250233, 658907


McWhannell and Rogerson, 1904. Free Scots Renaissance burgh building with prominent tower, crowstepped gable and figurative sculpture. Coursed bull-faced red sandstone with polished ashlar dressings.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: to Main Street. Tall, engaged circular clock tower to R rising above roofline with fluted pilastered entrance at base; entablatured niche above with personification of Justice ('Justitia?); balconette (containing maquet of town crier) with pilastered surround and strapwork above; corbelled semi-circular balconette, gabletted and breaking eaves; flanking clock faces; further balconette to rear; conical roof. Four windows to ground; canted oriel above to L with headstopped roll-moulded surrounds; sculpted figure of Justice above; eagle to R at side of tower.

Timber sash and case plate glass windows (some leaded upper sashes). Grey slates; terracotta ridge tiles; red tiles to conical roof. Cast-iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.

INTERIOR: not seen (2004).

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Burgh Chambers (separately listed). Barrhead was created a police burgh in 1894. The exuberant style of the Burgh Court and Chambers in distinctive red sandstone set the buildings apart from the other traditional buildings that survive in Main Street. Built as a pair with a lane between for access to the rear, the two buildings are linked by wrought-iron gates with thistle and lion rampant motifs.



Marked on 3rd edition OS map of 1910. Frank Arneil Walker SOUTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1986) p43.

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.

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