Complex of distillery buildings dating from 1836, including tenement
to street with flanking office wing of circa 1888 to NW and duty free warehouses to SE, both at right angles to street giving U-plan.
TENEMENT: 3-storey and attic, 4-bay. Squared rubble walls to street, roughcast side and rear elevations, droved window margins and projecting cills, eaves course. Regular fenestration, ground floor window in 2nd bay corniced, segmentally-arched pend in bay to outer right with stop-chamfered margins. Blank roughcast gable wall to NW.
NE (REAR) ELEVATION: 4 bays, with segmentally-arched pend at ground floor bay to left. Circular stair tower projecting in 3rd bay with
2 windows to intermediate levels, and 2 slit windows in re-entrant angle to left. Ashlar coped wall intersecting stair tower at ground, terminated to left by square stugged ashlar gatepier with base, and pyramidal and surmounted by iron lamp. Pedestrian gate opening adjacent to gatepier. Office wing intersecting at ground floor bay to outer right.
Timber sash and case windows 4-pane to street elevation, 12-pane to rear, lying-pane at top left, plate glass lower sash at upper stair window, 4-pane at 1st floor to outer right, plate glass to narrow windows. Modern timber infill at pend, glazed doors to rear. Grey slate roof continued over stair tower, piend-roofed, slate-hung timber dormers to rear pitch, multi-pane casement windows. Cast-iron gutters and downpipes. 13-flue apex stack to NW gable, 6-flue stack at ridge to right of 3rd bay, both roughcast, with dressings at corners, coped with circular cans.
INTERIOR: many internal fittings intact including fireplaces, shutters, doors and cornices.
DISTILLERY MANAGERS OFFICES: later 19th century, 5-bay, single storey wing projecting to NE from rear of gabled single bay extension to street frontage. Stugged sandstone ashlar with droved arrises at SE elevation, coursed rubble elsewhere with droved raised margins at windows and corners.
SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 5 bays, base course and eaves course, lower eaves section at 1st bay. Entrance doors in 1st and 2nd bays, bipartite windows in 3rd to 5th bays.
NW ELEVATION: 5 bays with blank gable end of tenement wing to outer right. Bipartite windows at 1st, 2nd and 5th bays, tripartite at 3rd bay. Entrance door at 4th bay.
Plate glass timber sash and case windows. 6-panel, 2-leaf entrance door to offices at 2nd bay of SE elevation. Modern timber and glazed doors elsewhere. Welsh slate roof, cast-iron gutters and downpipes, profiled gutters at principal front with square downpipe and decorative hopper and brackets. Pair of ashlar ridge stacks with no copes or cans.
INTERIOR: 5-panelled doors, shutters, high timber wainscoting, and patterned timber ceiling all surviving. Ornate timber chimneypiece comprised of cast-iron tiled grate with panelled timber surround. Panelled overmantle with mirror at centre, flanking mirrors over panelled bases flanked by turned columns, arch-heads above infilled with radial patterns. Cornice above with balustrade, section at centre with semicircular arch surmounted by open pediment. Accounts clerk desk, customs room cupboard also surviving.
DUTY FREE WAREHOUSE: 3 x 8-bay, 4-storey, former warehouse of rectangular plan with principal front to Millknowe Road adjoining tenement. Stugged ashlar frontages to SW and NW, roughcast SE elevation, random rubble NE elevation with roughcast gablehead.
SW (MILLKNOWE ROAD) ELEVATION: 3 bays, regularly fenestrated, with square windows at 3rd floor.
SE ELEVATION: 8 bays, string course at 2nd floor, regularly fenestrated at upper floors except for paired windows to each floor at 8th bay. 1st floor window to outer right infilled. Ground floor, window in 1st bay with entrance door to right and window at 2nd bay. Modern entrance doors in 3rd - 8th bays.
NE ELEVATION: gable end with windows to each floor at outer right, and evidence of infilled openings.
NW ELEVATION: 7 bays, regularly fenestrated, ground floor, blind openings and service door in 3rd bay, and loading doors in 1st bay of each floor above.
2 and 4-pane modern glazing to all openings and modern diagonally- boarded timber doors. Welsh slate roof, piended at S corner. Cast-iron gutters and downpipes.
BOUNDARY WALL: 3-bay, single storey former end gable (now reduced) of warehouse to SE of Duty Free Warehouse. Stugged squared and snecked rubble with stugged and droved dressings. 3 regularly spaced, blind openings.