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

42 UNION STREET, (NORTH OF SCOTLAND NEWSPAPERS)LB48411

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
05/02/2002
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Burgh
Wick
NGR
ND 36228 50775
Coordinates
336228, 950775

Description

Mid 19th century. Terrace of 3 linked, rectengular-plan, gabled buildings of various height, set into bank. N facing bowed end. Coursed Caithness stone slabs.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: single storey, 3-bay. Regular fenestration, door to left. Roof piended to left. W (REAR) ELEVATION: obscured by bank. N (SIDE) ELEVATION: abutting building. S (SIDE) ELEVATION: single window.

6-pane sash and case windows. Grey slates, lead flashing. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 3-storey, 6-bay printing offices. Tall coped wallhead stack to centre. Regular fenestration, door to 2nd bay to left. W (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey, 5-bay asymmetrical shop front. Bull-faced sandstone margins to openings. Broad recessed door to centre; large plate glass windows to bays to right and immediate left. Recessed door to left; canted window to outer left. Eaves course; castellated and corbelled parapet over door and canted outer left bay. SIDE ELEVATION: obscured by abutting buildings.

12-pane sash and case windows. Grey slates, lead flashing. Bull-faced coping to skews, gable end stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-storey, 4-bay. Long and short ashlar quoins to openings. Regular fenestration; door to centre right. W (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey, 4-bay. Regular fenestration, windows blocked except outer right window. N (SIDE) ELEVATION: bow-fronted, coped wallhead stack to centre. Regular fenestration, blocked on upper storey.

12-pane sash and case window to upper storey, fixed plate glass to ground. Grey slates. Lead flashing. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2001.

Statement of Special Interest

Home of the John O'Groats Journal and Caithness Courier, a wedge shaped building set back into the western end of the steep bank that separates Lower and Upper Pulteneytown. It is an interesting building, or buildings, for the different faces it presents. From Cliff Road the impression is of a single storey cottage converted into a shop or estate agents, whilst from Union Street the appearance is of a row of large store or warehouses. Whilst approaching from the Bridge of Wick one is presented with an elegant classical bow front.

References

Bibliography

SRO/RHP 11796, plan and elevation. E Beaton, CAITHNESS: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, (Rutland Press, Edinburgh), 1996, pp 36-44; D Maudlin, HIGHLAND PLANNED VILLAGES: TELFORD'S WORK FOR THE BRITISH FISHERIES SOCIETY, The New Town Phenomenon, ed J Frew (St Andrews University Press) 2001; R J Naismith, BUILDINGS OF THE SCOTTISH COUNTRYSIDE, (Victor Gollancz, London), 1985, p.28.

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.

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