Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27101 76351
327101, 676351


James Simpson, 1879, rear warehouse incorporating earlier parts. Range of 4-storey and basement warehouses, forming L-plan. Cream sandstone, squared and snecked stugged rubble to front and rear courtyard elevation, coursed rubble to side elevations. Base course; cill band course at 2nd and 4th floor; band eaves course; rectangular ornamental iron ventilation grilles between windows to all floors.

NW (FRONT) ELEVATION: 6-bay; shouldered-arched pend to outer right with chamfered reveals (now blocked), setted pend with cast-iron cart- tracks; single windows above. doorway and flanking window to next bay (later alteration, 1886); single windows above. Single windows to remaining bays. Basement windows blocked.

SE (REAR) ELEVATION: blank rendered portion to right; 4 bays to left, with shouldered-arched loading doors (now bricked-up) to outer left breaking eaves in bargeboarded hoist gable with exposed rafters (5th bay to outer left with weathervaned gable removed). Single windows to remaining bays.

NE ELEVATION: recessed front range blank with mansard roof; 4-bay rear range projecting with M-gable and apex stacks, single windows at 2nd and 3rd floor, earlier wall up to 1st floor level; blocked windows on return.

4-pane barred timber windows. Grey green slate roof with metal flashings.

INTERIOR: not seen 1992.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly Nos 42 and 43 Water Street but merged with Nos 44 and 45 on redevelopment. The original Nos 44 and 45 are listed separately.



Dean of Guild (Leith) 1878 (drawings dated 16/5/1878); 6/1/1886 (alterations).

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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