Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - See notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25110 74604
325110, 674604


Thomas Brown, early 19th century. 3-storey and basement, 43-bay terraced tenement, Broached ashlar sandstone; V-jointed rustication at principal floor. Architraved 1st floor windows with cornices. Band course between basement and principal floor, principal and 1st floor; cill course at 1st and 2nd floor windows; cornice and blocking course at 3rd floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: round-arched doorpieces with 6-panel timber doors and radial semicircular fanlights in bays from right 3rd, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 16th and 21st, and from left 3rd, 6th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 18th and 21st. Windows in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above, and to basement.

E ELEVATION: coursed rubble; windows centred to all floors, except basement, with window to left of centre, small light to right of centre.

W ELEVATION: predominantly blank; window centred at principal floor, windows flanking centre at basement, corniced and pilastered doorpiece to outer left at basement, altered, with steps removed to lower height of door and fanlight.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate M-roof. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Rubble and rendered ridge stacks with broached quoins, rubble gablehead stacks with broached quoins; coped, with circular cans. Ashlar skew copes.

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

RAILINGS: ashlar copes 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 examples 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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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