Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 26563 73911
326563, 673911


Mid 19th century with later additions (see Notes). 3-storey and basement, double-pitched former brewery maltings with distinctive pyramidal-roofed kiln, prominently situated on steeply sloping ground to the W of Campbell's Close. Roughly-squared rubble with contrasting red sandstone ashlar dressings. PRINCIPAL (N) ELEVATION: Projecting, pyramidal-roofed kiln to right with reconstructed ventilator, now glazed as a cupola. Pair of large timber doors to E side; timbered dummy hoist platforms above. Timbered balcony projection to right at end stack. 2-storey at S elevation with M-pile gable; timber forestair to door at 1st floor, flanked by larger windows.

Predominantly 4-pane glazing to small casement windows. Slate roof. End stack to N. Coped skews. Clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: Understood to be comprehensively refurbished for residential and commercial use.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Gordon Blair as the Balmoral Brewery, Nos 136 to 138 Calton Road is an interesting and rare example of a city centre maltings. Its distinctive functional appearance, its pyramidal kiln in particular, adds much character to the Calton Road streetscape. The use of red sandstone ashlar dressings is unusual and sets it apart. Once wide-spread throughout the Canongate area, few buildings of this type now survive and as such, it is a valuable reminder of Edinburgh's renowned 19th century brewing heritage. The square-plan kiln to N is a later 19th century addition and is not shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1855. The building underwent several changes of use from 1954 onwards and was converted to residential and commercial use in 1982.

List description revised as part of Edinburgh Holyrood Ward resurvey, 2007/08.



Ist Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1859). 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1909). John Gifford et al, Buildings of Scotland - Edinburgh, (1991) p221.

About Listed Buildings

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