Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27096 76218
327096, 676218


Dated 1860. 3-storey, 6-bay rectangular-plan domestic gothic convent and presbytery to rear of St Mary Star by the Sea. Cream sandstone, squared and snecked stugged rubble with cill and impost banding of polished ashlar to SE and NE elevation and stugged ashlar dressings. Segmental-arched shouldered openings with relieving arches over and deeply chamfered reveals; deep cavetto eaves cornice.

NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-bay; centre bay off-centre to right with pointed-arch doorway with round fanlight and distinctively panelled door; French windows with plain cast-iron balconies at 1st and 2nd floor above. Single windows to right bay. Blank bay to left except for blind lancet at 1st floor with commemorative inscription.

SE ELEVATION: 6-bay; single windows to each bay and floor; advanced gabled bay to outer right with apex stack, oculus (now blocked with cross symbol) in gablehead. Separate pointed-arched entry to convent to outer left.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: 6-bay with bay to outer left gabled; irregularly- sized and disposed windows.

SW ELEVATION: 3-bay; segmental-arched bipartite windows to centre and right bay; small paired segmental-arched windows off-centre to right to left bay; multifoil oculus to gablehead (now blocked with small window inserted).

Timber sash and case windows, mostly 4-pane, plate glass glazing to SW. Black slate roof with lead flashings; 1 apex stack (see above),

4 part-shouldered rendered stacks. Moulded eaves gutters.

INTERIOR: open timber stair case, ground floor hall with exposed timber beams, wooden panelling throughout with distinctive pattern (as doorway), library with original shelving.

Statement of Special Interest

Garden enclosed by railings to SE with Decorated gothic stone font and statue of Christ (erected 1953).



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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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