Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25116 74570
325116, 674570


Earlier 19th century. 3-storey and basement, 17-bay terraced tenement. Broached ashlar sandstone, polished at principal floor. Band courses between basement and principal floor, principal floor and 1st floor; cill course at 1st floor; projecting cills to 2nd floor windows at Nos 43-51, cill course at 2nd floor to Nos 53-57; cornice at 2nd floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: principal floor comprising painted shop fronts from Nos 43-51, with 4-panel common stair door in 6th bay from left, with 4-pane rectangular fanlight, flanked by pair of 3-bay shop fronts, with 2-leaf timber doors and 4-pane rectangular fanlights, flanked in turn by pair of 2-bay shop fronts, with modern timber door and plate glass rectangular fanlight to No 43, 4-panel timber door with glazed upper panels and 4-pane rectangular fanlight to No 51; variety of plate glass and multi-pane windows; regular fenestration to floors above. 4-panel timber common stair door in 5th bay from right, 4-panel timber doors, with rectangular fanlights, in bays 3rd and 6th from right, windows in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above and to basement.

E ELEVATION: windows to centre right at all floors.

W ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (Nos 59-73A Cumberland Street).

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate M-roof, with slate-hung bowed dormers at Nos 43-51, grouped 3, 3. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Rubble and part-rendered and broached ashlar ridge and gablehead stacks; coped, with circular cans.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1997, but some evidence of working panelled shutters.

RAILINGS: ashlar cope surmounted by cast-iron railings with fleur-de-lis balusters and pineapple finials.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Second New Town A Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved example of urban planning in Britain. Cumberland Street was part of the first extension of the New Town by Reid and Sibbald in 1802. Thomas Brown prepared the elevations for the northern sides, 25 November 1822 and 10 September 1823, with building beginning in the latter year.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), p342; MacRae Heritors 38; Register of Sasines.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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