Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 26883 76008
326883, 676008


Thomson, dated 1885. 4-storey corner tenement with shops at ground floor and Free Renaissance details. Cream sandstone, droved ashlar with polished dressings, coursed and squared rubble to rear. Continuous cornice above ground floor with pedimented angle pilasters; cill band courses to all floors; eaves cornice with blocking course, coped angle dies and decorative cast-iron brattishing; 1st floor windows with shouldered architraves and dentilled cornice; 2nd floor windows with carved lintels and hoodmoulds; angle pilasters channelled at 1st floor; ashlar mullions.

SW (GREAT JUNCTION STREET) ELEVATION: 5-bay including curved corner bay to outer left; replacement shopfronts at ground floor. Corner bay with doorway in chamfered corner, curved bays above corbelled over carved Neptune?s (?) head, bipartite windows. 4 bays to right with single window to centre bays; bipartite windows to outer bays; 2 wallhead stacks (to right truncated).

NW (HENDERSON STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay; replacement shopfront at ground floor. Single windows to centre bays, to centre at 1st floor commemorative panel and street name; single windows to outer bays; wallhead stack to centre.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: single windows; 2 wallhead stacks (rebuilt).

Timber sash and case windows, mostly plate glass glazing, some 4-pane, some modern replacements. 5 wallhead stacks (see above), to SW and NW with serrated cope, octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Statement of Special Interest

The commemorative panel identifies the tenement as the first project of the Leith Improvement Scheme, which encompassed the creation of Henderson Street and the demolition of much of the squalid late medieval backland to the W of the Kirkgate. Developments with shaped much of the topography of modern Leith. The retention of the brattishing contributes significantly to the architectural merits of the tenement.



Dean of Guild (Leith) 26/11/1884.

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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