Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

SCOTLAND'S CLOSE, BO'NESS PUBLIC LIBRARY, FORMER OLD WEST PIER TAVERN LB22388

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
25/11/1980
Local Authority
Falkirk
Planning Authority
Falkirk
Burgh
Bo'Ness
NGR
NS 99812 81748
Coordinates
299812, 681748

Description

Dated 1711, probably incorporating earlier fabric with many later alterations, N gable remodelled early 19th century, extended to W and S and converted to library 1978-80 by Falkirk District Council. 2-storey, 4-bay former tavern on corner site. Rubble with raised margins and quoin strips. 1st floor cill course and moulded eaves course.

N (WAGGON ROAD) ELEVATION: gabled elevation with pilastered and pedimented doorpiece off-centre right at ground, windows in flanking bays (that to right abutting doorpiece) and 2 larger windows to 1st floor. Modern extension adjoining at outer right.

E (SCOTLAND'S CLOSE) ELEVATION: ground floor with boarded timber door to right of centre at ground, 2 windows in bays to right and further timber-louvered opening to outer left beyond timber forestair leading to 1st floor timber door with lintel inscribed '17 FMG MR 11' to left of centre and windows in flanking bays and further window to outer right.

S ELEVATION: gabled elevation with low modern extension projecting to left; remnants of early-mid 18th century chimney piece with massive lintel supported on rounded corbel and small aumbry (probably salt box) immediately to left at ground and roll-moulded chimneypiece to 1st floor from demolished house to S.

W (WAGGON ROAD) ELEVATION: slated rubble elevation of 1978-80 extension.

12-pane glazing pattern in replacement timber sash and case windows. Modern pantiles with slate eaves easing course. Coped margined squared rubble stacks with cans to N. Flat ashlar-coped skew with scroll skewputts to N, crowstepped gable to S.

INTERIOR: some panelling to 1st floor rooms with fine plasterwork ceiling, cornice and buffet niche, and carved chimney fire surround.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly listed as the 'Old West Pier Tavern' and dated 1711, but stylistically the S elevation chimneypieces suggest a 17th century date. Alterations during the early 19th century would have included the north gable addition of straight skews, skewputts and large windows. During the 1978 renovation the building was extended into the ground floor of the separately listed warehouse at Nos 37-49 Scotland's Close. The West Pier Tavern, now Bo'ness Library, was strategically sited alongside the harbour and nearby warehouses, with the category 'A' listed Dymock's Building (47-51 North Street) immediately opposite.

References

Bibliography

Gifford and Walker STIRLING AND CENTRAL SCOTLAND (2002), p265. Editor P Cadell THIRD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1992).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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