Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

53, 55 HIGH STREET WITH GATEWAYS, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGS THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLANDLB37390

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
16/03/1992
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
Burgh
Linlithgow
NGR
NT 00305 77117
Coordinates
300305, 677117

Description

David Rhind, 1859. Tall 2-storey and attic, asymmetrical Baronial bank. Squared, coursed and stugged cream sandstone rubble, ashlar dressings. Base course, stepped moulded string courses at ground, corbelled above 1st floor windows, moulded eaves course, roll-moulded reveals to windows, bipartite and tripartite windows with stone mullions, cable moulding to oriel and turret.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3 asymmetrical bays with prominent circular angle tower advanced to right. 3 closely grouped windows at ground to centre, 2 windows at 1st floor; round-headed doorpiece with boarded door to outer left, corbelled bipartite semi-bowed oriel above with corbelled eaves course and stone roof; roofline broken by corbelled angle turret to left composed of narrow window to E, swept eaves and conical slate roof with finial (label-stop below turret with DR monogram); 3 gabled and finialled dormerheaded windows to rightbrokedn 2nd bay from left by coupled wallhead stacks on curvilinear base.

TOWER: 3 stages; round-headed architraved doorpiece with fanlit baoarded door, date and 'CBS' monogram over, stepped string course above; window on left return; single window at 1st floor, corbelled above with row of gargoyles over, narrow window to W to upper stage; corbelled eaves course, conical slate roof with finial.

E AND W (SIDE) ELEVATIONS: crowstepped gables.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; corniced, corbelled and canted 1-2-1 oriel window to left at 1st floor, 2 windows at attic each set in crowstepped and chimneyed gables with beak skewputts; corbelled angle turret to left (conical roof removed). 2-storey wing projecting to right with piended slate roof.

GATEWAYS: single storey corniced screen walls flanking that to left with blocking course, each with round-headed doors.

4-pane and plate glass sash and case windows, 1930's sashes to tripartite window at ground. Grey slate roof, sandstone corniced stacks to gables.

GATEPIERS GATES AND RAILINGS: fronted by low wall with wrought and cast-iron railing of foliated and thistle panels, squared piers with low pyramidal caps with gates detailed as railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Free-standing building set back slightly from the street. Built for the Commercial Bank of Scotland whose monogram is over the principal entrance, now the Royal Bank of Scotland. The monogram of the architect David Rhind is below the angle turret.

References

Bibliography

Roderick Brown (editor) THE ARCHITECTURAL OUTSIDERS (1985) p162.

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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