Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

14 - 20 (EVEN NOS) UNION STREET AND 3 - 11 (ODD NOS) REGISTER STREET, FORMER CUSTOM HOUSELB22400

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 99973 81789
Coordinates
299973, 681789

Description

William Simpson of Stirling, circa 1880. Extensive 2-storey commercial range with splayed angle to W. Deep base course forming ground floor cill course, stepped band course and eaves course. Squared and snecked bull-faced rubble with ashlar dressings. Roll-moulded segmental-headed openings to ground and basket-arched openings to 1st floor; deeply moulded doorheads; hoodmoulds with label stops; bracketted piend roofs; raked cills; stop-chamfered arrises, stone transoms and mullions.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: prominent centre bay with paired panelled timber doors and plate glass fanlights linked under segmental hoodmould with high relief carved crown flanked by 'V' and 'R', bipartite window at 1st floor giving way to cast-iron letters 'CUSTOM HOUSE' breaking eaves into corbelled cornice and piended roof. Flanking bays with single and bipartite windows punctuated by 2 further doors to left and 1 to right at ground, and smaller piend-roofed 1st floor bays; bay to outer left with transomed bipartite window at 1st floor with floreate carved top 'lights' flanked by canine gargoyles and breaking eaves into spike-finialled pavilion roof.

E ELEVATION: single window to ground with bipartite to 1st floor.

S (REGISTER STREET) ELEVATION: similar door and window treatment.

4-pane and plate glass glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Coped ashlar stacks with cans. Decorative cast-iron finials.

INTERIOR: little altered interiors retaining decorative plasterwork cornices and centre roses; stone dog-leg staircases with decorative cast-iron balusters; architraved surrounds, panelled timber shutters and carved and plain timber fire surrounds. Also with etched glass screen door and tiled hall to No 7 Register Street.

Statement of Special Interest

In 1672 Bo'ness received 'the liberty to export, import and retail' and subsequently the customs office was transferred here from Blackness. When a protest was sent to Edinburgh's provost from Linlithgow's town council, they were informed that they would have to provide, rent free for a year, a 'convenient office house', as well as 'accommodation for officers, merchants and mariners' together with boats, horses and workmen to enable the merchants to work 'at as easy rates as they were used to'. This requirement indicating the high standards offered at Bo'ness. The large property produced is evidence of the scale of trade and nature of the economy in Bo'ness at this date.

References

Bibliography

Gifford and Walker STIRLING AND DISTRICT (2002), p253. Dennison and Coleman HISTORIC LINLITHGOW, p35.

About Listed Buildings

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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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