Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

128 AND 130 HIGH STREETLB21630

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 33829 21909
233829, 621909


Robert Paton, 1856; with later alterations. 3-storey, 6-bay symmetrical Renaissance palazzo bank. Polished ashlar, ground floor refaced in polished granite, (F Durward, 1963). Deep base course; mutuled shopfront cornice; 1st floor cill course; dentilled and mutuled cornice; panelled parapet with dies. Architraved window margins.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: Doric columned porticoes to outer left and right; triglyph frieze; mutuled cornice; panelled parapet; steps to 2-leaf timber doors; fanlights; 4 elongated windows to central bays. Regular fenestration at 1st and 2nd floors; panelled aprons, laurel pulvinated frieze and pediments to 1st floor windows.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows to 1st and 2nd floors. Grey slate roof; wallhead stacks; polygonal cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

Statement of Special Interest

Marked as the Union Bank of Scotland on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, 1858. When erected in 1856, a lead tablet was found in the foundations of the previous building. It had been placed there by John Muir, Master of the English School and Session Clerk in Ayr, and Elizabeth Chalmers, daughter of John Chalmers of Gadgirth House (Love, p36). The tablet reads "Mr John Muir & Mrs Elizabeth Chalmers of old Gadgirth his spouse did found this house AD 1753."



John Wood's Plan of Ayr, 1818 (earlier structure evident), Ordnance Survey map, 1858 (evident); Rob Close AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN (1992), p16; Dane Love PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AYR (1995), p36; NMRS Photographic Archive (A5346).

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)

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