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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 14/12/1970
  • Supplementary Information Updated: 22/11/2017


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 24115 69372
  • Coordinates: 324115, 669372


7 square or rectangular dressed stone buildings over original (1676) springs set along separate named pipe lines feeding into Comiston Springs Waterhouse (see separate listing). Structures over springs of varying dates due to maintenance and repair, the earliest probably dating to the late 17th century. Peewit Spring Head 1 (NT 23792,69038) Peewit Spring Head 2 (NT 23766,68973) Sandglass Spring Head (NT 23949,69191) Hare Spring Head (NT 24114,69372) Moubray (or Hare) Spring Head (NT 24113,69235) Fox Spring Head 2 (NT 24178,69127) Fox Spring Head 3 (NT 24207, 69088)

Statement of Special Interest

These structures relate to Edinburgh's first piped water supply (defunct since 1945). The engineer was Peter Brauss of Holland, contracted by Sir William Bruce. Robert Mylne, King's Mater Mason, was contracted by Bruce to build spring heads, wells and cisterns.



MacRae Her. 44

2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1885).

R. Emerson, 'Well, Well, Well: The decoration of the seventeeth century fountainhead at Comiston, Edinburgh', in Architectural Heritage, 2002, pp. 36-46.

Research information courtesy of Fairmilehead Association (2007).

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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