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

3, 5 and 7 Barnton Street and 39 and 41 Friars Street, StirlingLB41229

Status: Designated


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Dating from 1840, the building comprising nos 3, 5 and 7 Barnton Street and nos 39 and 41 Friars Street is a three-storey and attic former hotel occupying a prominent corner site. The building is five bays wide along Friars Street and 7 bays to Barnton Street with a recessed and bowed one-bay quadrant corner. It is constructed in ashlar stone with a main cornice and blocking course.

The window openings at first floor level are architraved with cornices above (on Friars Street) and alternately pedimented along the Barnton Street frontage. The windows are predominantly two-pane glazing in timber sash and case frames throughout. The roof is slated with eight canted dormer windows along Barnton Street and five dormers along Friars Street (all appear to be replacement dormers). There are fluted wall-head chimneystacks with scrolled bases, one on each elevation and one over the quadrant.

There are five retail units to the ground floor and flats above (2022).

Statement of Special Interest

This building operated as the Royal Hotel and is shown as such on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1858-60. The Ordnance Survey Name Book of 1858-61 describes the building as a first-class hotel and posting establishment, three-storeys high and in good repair with coach house and stables attached (OS1/32/24/44).

The building was sold to the Stirling Cooperative Society in 1904 and was remodelled to form shops at ground floor level (Conservation Area Character Appraisal; Aberdeen Press and Journal; Edinburgh Evening News). The first, second and third floors of the building were converted into flats sometime in the 20th century.

Statutory address and listed building record revised in 2022. Previously listed as 'Barnton Street 1, 3, 7 and 35 Friars Street'.



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Ordnance Survey (surveyed 1858-60, published 1863) Stirlingshire XVII.3 (Stirling). 25 inches to the mile. 1st Edition. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey (revised 1896, published 1898) Stirlingshire XVII.3. 25 inches to the mile. 2nd Edition. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Printed Sources

Aberdeen Press and Journal (19 March 1904) Commercial News, p.8.

Edinburgh Evening News (24 March 1904) Stirling Co-operators Want to Buy a Hotel, p.2.

Gifford, G. and Walker, F. A. (2002) The Buildings of Scotland – Stirling and Central Scotland. London: Yale University Press, p.740.

Online Sources

Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Stirling Town and Royal Park, at [accessed 27/07/2022].

Ordnance Survey Name Book (1858-61) Stirlingshire, volume 24, OS1/32/24/44, p.44, at [accessed 27/07/2022].

Old Stirling, The Royal Hotel, at [accessed 27/07/2022].

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)

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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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