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74 Eglinton Street

A Category B Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.7493 / 55°44'57"N

Longitude: -4.637 / 4°38'13"W

OS Eastings: 234584

OS Northings: 653812

OS Grid: NS345538

Mapcode National: GBR 39.BWF4

Mapcode Global: WH2NB.RR2C

Entry Name: 74 Eglinton Street

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331341

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB897

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Early 19th century. 2 storeys, 3 wide bays; central pilastered, entablatured doorpiece with centrally raised blocking course above. 4 windows to 1st floor. Painted ashlar; raised and painted ashlar angle and window margins; eaves course.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: elevated, stone steps (cast-iron railings) to central door; tripartite window to R and small window to L, both circa 1900. Harled (modern cement) with exposed ashlar margins.

Timber sash and case windows, 4-pane to ground, 1st floor plate glass (a photograph of 1979 shows the 1st floor windows with 12-pane glazing). Grey slates; harled brick end stack with circular clay cans; stone ridge (1979 photograph shows original square, coped ashlar central wallhead stack with tall, circular clay can ' since removed).

INTERIOR: original scheme in place with circa 1900 alterations to ground floor (original chimneypieces replaced with 1940s tiled surrounds). Hall: decorative cast-iron balustrade to stair with mahogany handrail; cornice. Ceiling rose and cornice to principal ground floor (former dining?) room with circa 1900 dark woodgrain effect to doors and window embrasures. Bed recesses to large 1st floor rooms to front; original cupboards and panelled doors with 6 fields.

Statement of Interest

The building has successful proportions and symmetry and the spacing of the windows is subtle. No dormers have been added but the central wallhead stack is missing; an unfortunate loss as the focal point of the building lies very much at this central position with the classical doorpiece, the two first floor windows above the door and, once, finally the wallhead stack. These stacks are very much a characteristic of buildings of this period in Ayrshire and south west Scotland. The interior is of interest in terms of the layout, with smaller rooms to the front at ground level to accommodate the larger principal room giving a view over the surrounding countryside. The larger rooms upstairs to the front were used as living space with beds houses in the recesses and in the smaller rooms to the rear.

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