Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 26851 84091
226851, 684091


Circa 1870. Long rectangular-plan symmetrical terrace of 10 houses; 2-storey, 14 bays with 2 end pavilion bays advanced. White harled with painted ashlar cill band courses; half-piend dormerheads; gabled timber anopy porches; timber mullions and jambs.

S (MAIN) ELEVATION: advanced, mirror-image piend roofed outer bays, bipartite window at ground right and left respectively with door to right at W and left at E. 4-panelled wooden door with 3-pane letterbox fanlight; simple bargeboards to gabled canopy over door supported on chamfered wooden posts. Bipartite dormerheaded windows at centre at 1st floor, piended dormerhead supported on slender wooden brackets. 12-bay long range of 8 houses arranged in blocks of 3 bays. Paired

doors at centre bay with M-gabled canopy-porches; 4-panelled wooden doors with 3-pane latterbox fanlight (nos 4,5,6,8,9 have modern doors). Swept-roofed dormerhead at centre above doors; windows symmetrically disposed in flanking bays; piended dormerheaded windows at 1st floor.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: some alterations, new windows.

Swept-roofed dormers. Lean-to garden sheds built against rubble wall bounding School Road.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: projecting chimney breasts flanking bipartite window at centre 1st floor; lean-to shelter at ground.

8-pane sash and case windows; 6-pane for swept roof dormerheads, some modern windows at rear. Steep slate roof, cast-iron finials. Coped rendered ridge stacks with tall paired wallhead stacks on side elevations.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALL: rubble boundary wall with harl pointing and semi-circular coping. Wall bounding School Road higher to accommodate lean-to sheds. Entrance on Cumberland Avenue, rounded gatepiers with harl pointing, red sandstone cornice, domed rubble and harled cap.

Statement of Special Interest

Cumberland Terrace was built to accommodate officers serving on board the Clyde training ship 'HMS Cumberland' which had been purchased after the passing of the Industrial Schools Act in 1866, and anchored off Rhu. She was a ship-of-line battleship, a three-decker with 70 guns, and could hold 400 boys in training for recruitment in the Royal Navy. In 1889 the Cumberland perished by fire. She was succeeded by

the 'HMS Empress' one of the last wooden men-of-war, which remained in the bay until 1923.



F A Walker & Fiona Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p90. OS 2nd edition map 1897.

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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