Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25692 73266
325692, 673266


Earlier 19th century, incorporating earlier fabric. 4-storey 4-bay tenement with shops at ground floor, bowed to corner at entrance to Greyfriars churchyard. Coursed sandstone with ashlar dressings; ashlar (painted) to ground floor; rubble to side and rear. Cill courses at 1st and 3rd floors. Moulded projecting eaves cornice. Windows in moulded surrounds.

E (GREYFRIARS PLACE) ELEVATION: timber panelled door with border glazed fanlight flanked by shop windows with border glazing to right; 2-leaf timber panelled door with blocked fanlight flanked by windows with modern glazing to left. Regularly fenestrated above.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated. 2 gabled dormers with bracketed skews to attic. Mylne monument (Greyfriars Churchyard, separately listed) adjoins at ground.

Predominantly plate glass in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates; corniced cement rendered stacks with circular cans at wallhead and ridge.

Statement of Special Interest

B group comprises Nos 1-5 Forrest Road, 1-3 Greyfriars Place, 4-6 Greyfriars Place, 30-34 Candlemaker Row (Greyfriars Bobby's Bar, 36-42 Candlemaker Row (including Candlemaker Hall), 44 Candlemaker Row, 46-48 Candlemaker Row, 50-54 Candlemaker Row, 56 and 56A Candlemaker Row and 58-64 Candlemaker Row. Rear elevation important to setting of Greyfriars Churchyard. There was a building on this site from the early 18th century, and although the Greyfriars Place elevation was rebuilt in the early 19th century, the rear probably incorporates this earlier building. The Dean of Guild drawings are an application to build this building and the 2 shops built out at ground floor at Nos 4, 5 and 6 Greyfriars Place. An illustration in Wilson's MEMORIALS of 'Greyfriars before the fire of 1845' shows the earlier building.



Dean of Guild 24th May 1849. Wilson MEMORIALS OF EDINBURGH IN THE OLDEN TIME (1847). Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 228.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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