Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 13693 81645
313693, 581645


Original design by David Bryce, 1873; began building (?

with modifications) after 1884. Town hall with extravagant

Scots Baronial ornament, tall square corner tower with

conical-roofed bartizans, balustrades, clocks, steep

slate roof with ogee-cupola top. Red ashlar, mostly stugged

and snecked, polished dressings. Both main elevations

composed with entrance bay beside tower (main entrance to

High Street ornately detailed, moulded round-arched

doorway with recessed columns and with parapet) wide gabled

bay beyond, that to Bridge Street with asymmetrical corbel

tables, that to High Street with bartizans, large mullioned

and transomed 1st floor window, 2 shouldered wide panels at

ground with decorative 3-light windows. Slated roofs. Tall

4-bay wing to Bridge Street may not be part of original

composition; (perhaps the hall of 1889) it has mullioned and

transomed 1st floor windows and advanced outer gable.

Interior of high quality with coffered plaster ceilings,

balustraded main stair with arcaded gallery over.

Statement of Special Interest

Listed A for quality of tower.

OFFICIAL GUIDE, n.d., in Ewart Library states (p.20) that

the hall was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's jubilee,

and that its memorial stone was laid 22 January 1889.



Fiddes and Rowan, DAVID BRYCE, 1976, p. 105. Groome,

GAZETTEER; 1st ed, 1884, Vol v, p. 546; 2nd ed n.d. Vol iv,

p. 546.

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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