Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27215 76516
327215, 676516


James Simpson, 1871. 3-storey 2-bay Italianate bank building. Cream sandstone, polished ashlar front, ashlar to ground floor of NW elevation, squared and snecked stugged rubble above. Base course; dentilled cornice above ground floor; moulded cill course at 2nd floor; deeply corbelled and dentilled eaves cornice; architraved windows; bracketted cills at 2nd floor; round-arched openings at ground floor.

SW (BERNARD STREET) ELEVATION: doorway to left with polished red granite Ionic columns to porch supporting entablature; doorway with masque-carved head keystone and polished red granite Corinthian nook-shafts, panelled door and semi-circular plate glass fanlight; single window at 1st floor with consoled dentilled pediment; single window at 2nd floor. 2-storey canted window divided by pilasters to right bay, panelled aprons at 1st floor, dentilled cornice; bipartite window at 2nd floor.

NW (TIMBERBUSH) ELEVATION: 6-bay; slightly angled bay to outer right detailed as front elevation with single windows, at 1st floor with consoled dentilled pediment; wallhead stack. Consoled and corniced doorway to left of centre, 2-leaf panelled door and barred semi- circular fanlight; small secondary door flanking to left. Single windows to remaining bays. Canted tripartite dormer.

SE ELEVATION: irregular single windows; barred round-arched windows.

Timber sash and case windows, mostly plate glass glazing, some 4-pane windows to side. Half-piend slate roof with metal flashings. 1 wallhead stack (see above), 1 transverse and apex stack to rear. Moulded eaves gutter and gutterheads.

INTERIOR: compartmental ceiling with heavy dentilled cornices to main telling hall.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as Union Bank.



F H Groome, ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, vol IV (1895), p484. Gifford et al, EDINBURGH (1984), p471.

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.

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