Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 35230 26207
235230, 626207


Mid 19th century. Near symmetrical, single-storey and attic double-fronted commercial premises with pair of piended dormers, breaking wallhead. White painted harl to street (W) elevation. Pair of near-intact shop fronts with 2-leaf timber storm doors and recessed glass and timber inner entrance doors and flanking display windows with low, broad, canted cills. Timber fascias and cornice. Later, single-storey flat-roofed extension to rear.

Plate glass to shop windows. 8-lying-pane timber sash and case windows to dormers. Double pitched roof (see Notes), graded grey slates. Raised skews. Cast iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers and brackets. Brick gable stack to left with decorative cans.

INTERIOR: largely altered internally (partially seen 2007). Shop to right believed to contain 2 Victorian fire surrounds. Coombed ceiling to attic.

Statement of Special Interest

5 & 7 The Cross is a rare survival of a 19th century double-fronted cottage-style shop. It is remarkable for the retention of its paired shop fronts, each with recessed entrances, 2-leaf storm doors and flanking plate glass windows. The display windows of the shops unusually retain their original rectangular proportions. This largely unaltered street elevation makes this building a significant addition to the streetscape. The lying-pane glazing to the dormers is also notable for its survival.

These cottage shops were once common throughout smaller towns in Scotland, but many have since been altered or returned to dwelling houses. They were often positioned on the edges of towns and villages.

The building seems to have been originally one room deep with a further pitched roof extension added to the rear towards the end of the 19th century. The 2nd Edition Map of 1897 shows the property extended to the rear and with a dividing line in the position where the two shops now lie and it likely that the cottage was extended and converted into shops in the latter part of the 19th century.



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1860). Other information courtesy of local residents.

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.

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