Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 38795 77963
238795, 677963


Dated 1887. 2-storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan. Red sandstone ashlar. Deep base course, string course, advanced eaves, blocking course.

E (MAIN) ELEVATION: segmental-headed door at centre, 4-panelled with fanlight, narrow window above. Full-height square bay advanced to left, tripartite windows. Bipartite windows to outer right bay. Band course dividing floors inscribed "Victoria Institute 1887".

N & S ELEVATIONS: red sandstone rubble; 5 bays; 3 windows to outer left and right closely grouped; ashlar cills.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piended roof.

INTERIOR: not seen 1995.

BOUNDARY WALL AND RAILINGS: low ashlar plinth wall; plain cast-iron railings; slender cast-iron gate posts.

Statement of Special Interest

The Victoria Institute is one of the few remaining historic public buildings in Renton. It is now the public library.



F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p39.

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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