Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27261 76400
327261, 676400


Possibly later 18th century, substantially remodelled 1886, restored 1987. 3-storey 6-bay tenement with later shopfront (1886) at ground floor, off-centre pend and large brick-built printing works (1886) to rear. Front elevation rendered simulating ashlar, coursed rubble to rear. Ground floor openings with roll-moulded reveals; 1st floor windows architraved with open swan-neck pediments framing thistle or fleur-de-lis motifs.

E (FRONT) ELEVATION: pend off-centre to left with plain cast-iron 2-leaf gates; pend and outer bays flanked at fascia level by acanthus leaf capitals carrying pedimented panels (dated 1886 to left of pend, 1987 to right of pend). Shopfront (1886) to outer left, red sandstone surround, basket-arched openings, recessed doorway at centre, slender timber colonnette mullions with foliate capitals, stained glass panels to top of display windows. 2 common stair doorways to right bays, panelled doors with border-glazed fanlights, flanked by single windows. regular fenestration above. Windows and same detailing to single bay return to N.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: segmental-arched pend (earlier fabric); small brick projection to right. Large 3-storey 9-bay L-plan brick-built printing works with segmental-arched paired windows divided by brick pilasters adjoining No 42 at right angles partly obscuring bowed stairwell.

Timber sash and case windows, plate glass glazing to 1st floor, 12-pane windows to 2nd floor and rear, multi-pane timber casements to printing-works. Slate roof with lead flashings; coped apex and central transverse stack.

INTERIOR: shop at No 42 with ornate gilded cornices.



Possibly the building shown on Alexander Wood ?Plan of the Town of Leith? 1777. Dean of Guild (Leith) 27/1/1886.

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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