Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

26 EAST PIER STREET,POST OFFICE INCLUDING BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS LB49702

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
31/03/2004
Local Authority
Falkirk
Planning Authority
Falkirk
Burgh
Bo'Ness
NGR
NS 99933 81769
Coordinates
299933, 681769

Description

James Thomson, dated 1911 and 1912. 2-storey, 7-bay, Baroque-detailed post office and office building on prominent corner site. Ashlar, some stugged and rock-faced rubble with channelled dividing pilasters at ground and ashlar dressings; harled to side and rear. Deep chamfered base course, ground and 1st floor cornices, deep frieze and eaves cornice. Lugged and architraved doors and 1st floor windows also with moulded aprons; large stepped keystones; stone mullions.

N (WAGGON ROAD) (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: slightly advanced pilastered and keystoned centre bay at ground incorporating keystoned, roundheaded bipartite window over fielded panel, 3 windows to flanking bays. 1st floor with dominant decoratively-pilastered centre bay rising into stepped balustrade with flanking stacks and incorporating bipartite window with apron dated 'AD MCMXI' and keystone with crown over 'GR' flanked by 'POST' 'OFFICE'; 2 closely-aligned windows to flanking bays.

NW (EAST PIER STREET) (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: window (converted from door?) to centre bay at ground floor with flanking full-height pilasters and flanking windows, all over painted/altered? panels; further windows to penultimate bays and timber doors to outer bays. Centre bay at 1st floor with cartouche bearing relief-carved galleon and panel in frieze dated 'MCMXII' giving way to semicircular stone pediment at eaves, broad canted windows to flanking bays and further single window to outer left.

NE (REGISTER STREET) ELEVATION: single bay elevation with door at ground and window above.

2-pane lower sashes with plate glass upper glazing pattern to most 1st floor windows, plate glass glazing elsewhere, all in timber sash and case windows. Piend roof with green/grey slates and decorative terracotta ridge tiles. Coped ashlar stacks with some cans; ashlar-coped skews; cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers.

INTERIOR: stone staircases with decorative cast-iron balusters and dado rails; some panelled shutters.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: rock-faced boundary walls with ashlar quoins and square-section gatepiers.

Statement of Special Interest

Local architect James Thomson designed a number of successful combined tenement and shops in both South Street and North Street. The Post Office was formerly situated in South Street.

References

Bibliography

Gifford and Walker STIRLING AND DISTRICT (2002), p254.

About Listed Buildings

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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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