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CAMUS PARK, COMISTON HOUSE STABLESLB28045

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
14/07/1966
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 23996 68618
Coordinates
323996, 668618

Description

Circa 1815. Single storey and attic, 5-bay, classical, rectangular-plan stable block with single storey flanking wings and adjoining wall to rear/S enclosing courtyard. Coursed red sandstone rubble with contrasting droved sandstone ashlar dressings. Droved sandstone ashlar base course to principal/N and E and W elevations of main block; coursed rubble plinth to rear/S; droved ashlar band course across sills of 1st floor windows; droved ashlar eaves cornice, including to rear wings; droved long and short quoins; long and short surrounds to openings; those to principal (N) and E and W elevations of main block are architraved. All openings (except for door to rear) blocked. Roofs missing to derelict rear wings.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: slightly projecting 2-storey entrance bay breaking eaves with full-height round-arched recess containing segmental-headed entrance arch at ground and thermal window in arch-head above; moulded cornice. Flanking bays, each with round-arched window to ground floor and attic window above.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: MAIN BLOCK: slightly projecting 2-storey entrance bay (as at N elevation) breaking eaves with full-height round-arched recess containing former entrance at ground and thermal window in arch-head above; moulded cornice. Flanking bays; each with entrance (that to left has metal door) and window above. Single storey wings adjoin to outer flanking bays.

E ELEVATION: window to left; small inserted window to right. Rear wing adjoins to left; window to right; inserted window with timber surround to left; mid-20th century brick chimney projects half way up wall in between; courtyard wall adjoins Comiston House dovecot (see separate list entry) to outer left.

W ELEVATION: 2 bays to main block; architraved entrance to right; inserted window with concrete architrave to left. Rear wing adjoins to right; blank apart from inserted window with concrete surround to left. Courtyard wall adjoins to outer right.

COURTYARD: N ELEVATION: see S elevation of main block. W ELEVATION: single storey W wing to right; demolished apart from part of gable end wall to left and rear/outer wall (see W elevation) which continues to left. E ELEVATION: single storey E wing to left; entrance to left; carriage entrance to right; both with long and short surrounds. Rear/outer wall (see E elevation) continues to right. S ELEVATION: coped rubble wall with with droved ashlar gatepiers to centre; square in plan rounded at arrises with band courses and pyramid caps. Wall adjoins Comiston House dovecot (see separate list entry) to left (at junction with E wall).

Windows blocked/glazing missing. Piended grey slate roof to main block (roofs missing to rear wings). Single projecting mid-20th century brick stack to E elevation of E wing.

Statement of Special Interest

A handsome well constructed stable block. It was built together with the nearby Comiston House (see separate list entry) for James Forrest, an advocate later Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS, INVENTORY OF THE ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH (1951) p235; Charles J Smith, HISTORIC SOUTH EDINBURGH, VOL II (first published 1979, this edition 1982) pp400-03; John Gifford, Colin McWilliam and David Walker, EDINBURGH, in 'The Buildings of Scotland' series (first published 1984; this edition 1991) p570; Paul Blamphin, REPORT ON COMISTON HOUSE (1989?) in NMR.

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