Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
NS 34916 54023
234916, 654023


Late 18th century and early 19th century, with later alterations. 2 buildings united by later shopfronts; now in single ownership (2003).

No 22: narrow 2-bay late 18th century dwelling with earlier 19th century pilastered shopfront with entablature; door to L, large window to R; 2 small windows to 1st floor. Painted ashlar to ground; painted render to 1st floor with raised and painted margins and moulded eaves course.

No 24: early 19th century with earlier 19th century 3-bay shopfront; central door with flanking large openings (that to L reduced); dentilled cornice between ground and 1st floors; 3 windows to 1st floor. Eaves cornice. Painted ashlar to ground; painted, lined render to 1st floor.

Timber sash and case windows to 1st floor, 4-pane to No 22, plate glass to No 24, 4-pane to R. Non-traditional concrete roof tiles replacing slates; straight skews; scrolled skewput to No 22; ashlar stack. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: later 20th century café interior.

Statement of Special Interest

Clearly of two building phases, the rooflines are distinctly different, with that of No 22 at a steeper rake than No 24, indicating an earlier date. It is likely that both were thatched: No 24 has a thackstane protruding from the base of the chimneystack. The later slates, a common 'improvement' on thatch preventing fire and infestation and an entirely suitable roofing material for Scottish buildings, were replaced with non-traditional concrete tiles sometime after 1980. During the post-war period, till 1999, Mario Dora ran a chip shop and ice cream parlour here.

The buildings provide character to the street with the mix of vernacular detailing and later classical shopfronts. Main Street itself, in the heart of the town, is of an early, probably mid 18th century date. The street is narrow and meandering and the buildings abut the road with little or no room for pavement. The buildings here differ in scale, purpose and design from the majority of buildings in Eglinton Street of later date and grander scale.



Marked on 1st edition OS map of 1858. Donald Reid OLD BEITH (2000) for old photographs of Main Street.

About Listed Buildings

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