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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 21/05/1971


  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Burgh: Inverness

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNH 66680 45186
  • Coordinates266680, 845186


Matthews & Lawrie, 1878-82. Flemish-Baronial, Overwood

sandstone ashlar. 2 tall storeys and attic. 7-bay front.

Centre advanced, at ground floor arched entrance in gableted

porch, at 1st floor bipartite mullioned and transomed

window with trefoil heads to lights set in squareheaded

recess and surmounted by carved arms of Burgh of Inverness,

at attic, gablet containing bipartite window with arched

lights, set between angle finials surmounted by heraldic

beasts and flanked by circular angle turrets with tall

conical fishscale slated roofs. Outer windows, bipartite

mullioned and transomed with trefoil-headed lights at ground

floor, bipartite mullioned and transomed with arched lights

set in continuous arched hoodmoulds at 1st floor. Circular angle bartizans with octagonal caphouses with tall octagonal fishscale

slated roofs. Pierced parapet. Spirelet in centre, now truncated.

In W gable, panel containing burgh arms of 1686, in E

gable, panel containing arms of Charles II, both removed

from Old Bridge of Inverness Notable interior;

groin-vaulted vestibule leading to staircase lit by stained

glass windows (by Adam & Small, Glasgow); public hall with

panelled and painted ceiling and stained glass windows;

Council Chamber enlarged, John Hinton Gall, 1894, with

panelled ceiling; stained glass commemorative of Diamond

Jubilee, designed by J H Stewart, executed by William Meikle

& Son, Glasgow; 1898. Extension to south, James R Rhind,

1904, following style of original. Front to Castle Street,

3 storeys, 7 bays with shops at ground floor; change of

building line at join of extension to old work masked by

turret corbelled out from wall. Slated roofs. Ornate

cast-iron lamp standards flanking entrance.

Statement of Special Interest

The replacement of the previous Town House of 1708 on the

same site originated in a bequest of $6,000 for a public hall

from Mr Grant of Bught. The architects were appointed in

1876 after competition. The Commission for the extension of

1904 was awarded after competition.



ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, ed. Groome (1883): Mackenzie,


1904 and June 10 1904; and Information Courtesy of Buildings

of Scotland Research Unit.

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Listed Buildings

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