Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 66647 45218
266647, 845218


Alexander Laing following design by William Sibbald, 1791.

Classic square-plan, ashlar. 3-storey tower,

round-arched openings to Bridge Street ground floor,

Venetian windows with blind centre light and apron in Bridge

Street and Church Street fronts at 1st floor, round-arched

window rising into open pediment on each front, at 2nd

floor, 1st floor band course. Lower belfry stage, Doric

pilasters at angles and framing round-headed keyblocked

louvred openings, with subsidiary anta pilastrade threaded

through entablature. Clock stage, at each front clock face

beneath swag and broken pediment advances from panelled

angle piers surmounted by swagged urns. Upper belfry stage

octagonal with Ionic angle pilasters N, S, W, and E

fronts having single round-headed openings, NE, NW, SE and SW

fronts containing 2-storey blind openings, corniced at lower

storey. Octagonal base to spire with blind vents. Octagonal

spire surmounted by ball and weathercock.

Statement of Special Interest

A group with 4-14 Bridge Street. The design was furnished by

Alexander Laing who supervised the building but the authorship

of the design is credited in THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1793)

to Sibbald.



STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, ix 623; Alexander Mackenzie,

GUIDE to Inverness (1903), 32; Eveline Barron, OLD INVERNESS


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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