Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
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NO 40152 30357
340152, 730357


Burial ground established 1564; blind arcading 1601; wall and railings to Meadowside David Neave 1828, gateway to Barrack Street James Black, 1833. High rubble and ashlar sandstone wall to E at Barrack Street, blind arcade (perhaps once open) with sculpted capitals and memorials facing burial ground, roofed burial enclosure to S; piered round-headed gateway with sarcophagus caps and large achievement of arms at parapet, iron gates; 2 capped rusticated gatepiers with iron gates. Low

saddleback-coped ashlar wall to Meadowside curving to Barrack Street, single and paired gates and tall iron railings. S and E boundaries formed by rear elevations of Bank and Reform Streets respectively. Funerary monuments from 16th-19th centuries.

Statement of Special Interest

The burial ground was formerly part of the lands of the Greyfriars granted by Mary Queen of Scots to the burgh of Dundee in 1564. The name Howff (meeting place) derives from the fact that the Dundee Incorporated Trades met here until 1776. The collection of funerary monuments is claimed to be second only to those at Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh.



Nancy Davey, THE HOWFF, A GUIDE TO AN OLD GRAVEYARD (nd); McKean and Walker (1993), pp57-58; drawings in Wellgate Library.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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