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16, 18 and 20 Tower Street, EdinburghLB27913

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27301 76581
327301, 676581


Early 19th century. Narrow 4- and 5-storey parallel warehouses connected by wall of demolished warehouse and modern link to rear. Cream sandstone, coursed and squared rubble with droved dressings.

SE RANGE: narrow 4-storey 2- by 4-bay warehouse, reduced in height by

1 storey with modern flat roof; single windows.

NW RANGE: narrow 5-storey 2- by 7-bay warehouse; hoist doors and timber hoist to right bay of NE elevation, left bay with blocked windows; loading doors to centre bay of interior courtyard elevation; single windows.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: adjoining building demolished (circa mid 20th century), only party wall remaining; protruding joists; blocked openings; segmental-arched former pend opening leading to courtyard.

Mostly barred windows, some with internal wooden shutters, some wooden lintels. Piended slate roof to NW range.

INTERIOR: NW range chamfered timber posts and beam construction; flagged (fireproof?) stone stairs (possibly later). Hoist machinery to attic of NW range.

Statement of Special Interest

Statutory address revised in 2015. Previously listed as '16 Tower Street'.



Kirkwood, R. (1817). This plan of the City of Edinburgh and its Environs. Edinburgh: Kirkwood & Sons.

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