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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27112 76519
327112, 676519


Early 18th century, possibly incorporating earlier remains; restored Robert Hurd & Partners, 1972-8. 2-storey and attic, gabled corner tenement, public house at ground floor, and lower 4-bay tenement with central pend to Bernard Street. Harled with sandstone margins (dressings to windows painted). Ashlar strip quoins; pub front with regular rectangular openings divided by shallow pilasters, dentilled cornice, chamfered and corbelled N corner.

NW (SHORE) ELEVATION: 6-bay; public house at ground floor; 2 centre bays raised in nepus gable with windows flanking flue line, single windows to remaining bays. 2 single catslide dormers flanking gable. To outer right remains of No 37 Shore, single storey wall with corniced ashlar doorway (now blocked), lugged roll-moulded architrave, broken scrolled swan-neck pediment enclosing elaborately carved cartouche, dated 1711 with entwined monogram.

NE (BERNARD STREET) ELEVATION: broad gabled elevation of Shore building to right, wallhead raised with broad apex stack; single windows to 1st and 2nd floor, 2 small windows to 3rd floor. 4-bay tenement to left; round-arched roll-moulded pend to centre; 2 window flanking to right; small shop window and very low corniced doorway to left; remains to forestair to outer left. Single windows at 1st and 2nd floor, irregularly placed; chamfered reveals to small 1st floor window to outer right. 2 paired catslide dormers.

SW ELEVATION: gabled with irregularly raised wallhead and broad apex stack; remains of openings and fire places (bolection moulded at 3rd floor level).

S (REAR) ELEVATION: single windows; paired and single catslide dormers.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Dark slate roof with metal ridge, steeply pitched to Nos 59-65 Bernard Street; 3 apex stacks (see above). Ashlar skews and scrolled skewputts.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Statement of Special Interest

The above are among the few early buildings in Leith to have survived. They occupy (and formed part of) the site of the so-called King?s Wark, an enclosed area established in the 15th century by James I, designed to serve as royal residence, store-house and armoury.



RCAHMS INVENTORY 225,249. Gifford et al, EDINBURGH (1984), p472. Dean of Guild 30 /11/1909 (refurbished and re-slated).

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