Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 38815 78347
238815, 678347


Dated 1893. 2-storey, 3-bay rectangular-plan public house. Red sandstone ashlar. Eaves course; round-headed bipartite windows.

E (MAIN) ELEVATION: original shopfront, pilasters with bracketed pediment framing shopfront; fascia with modern plastic sign and lettering. 2 basket-arched entrances flanking tripartite group at centre of door and paired round-headed windows; cast-iron window guards. Modern door in outer left entrance; plain cast-iron gates at entrances. Armorial plaque at centre at 1st floor, 1893 datestone; modern illuminated projecting sign below. Flanking windows with blocking course above eaves, decorative applied console below cill.

INTERIOR: comprehensive Victorian decorative scheme and room plan. Intact off-sales compartment with timber panelled doors and coloured glass insets. Semi-circular panelled timber bar counter with brass hand rail. Gantry to rear wall with decorative Ionic columns and inset timber spirit barrels. Compartmented ceiling with Lincrusta panels and fine elaborate decorative dentilled cornice plasterwork Timber panelling to walls.

Statement of Special Interest

The Central Bar is a fine example of a late 19th century public house with a fine arcaded street elevation and a particularly good quality Victorian public bar. Externally, the arcaded ground floor with its cast-iron window guards and consoled cornice makes a distinctive addition to the streetscape of this main thoroughfare in Renton. The interior of the bar is a unusual near-intact survivor from the late 19th century and is notable in particular for its inset spirit casks and jug and bottle compartment, both of which are rare features. The completeness of the original decorative scheme adds significantly to the character of this building.

List description revised as part of Scotland's Historic Public House Thematic Study, 2007/08.

Category changed from C(S) to B in June 2008.



Shown on 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1894-8). M Slaughter (ed), Scotland's True Heritage Pubs, 2007 p85. Additional information courtesy of owner.

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.

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