Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25281 73994
325281, 673994


Circa 1775; alterations at ground including shop by Simpson & Brown, 1984-5. 3-storey basement and attic, 4-bay (3-1) former classical house. Droved cream sandstone ashlar with polished dressings; framed by panelled pilaster strips. Stonecleaned at 1st floor, with architraved and corniced windows. 3-bay shopfront to left with inset Ionic columned doorpiece (spectacle order) flanked by multi-pane windows, framed by pilasters and cornice with ball finials (Simpson & Brown). 2-bay mid 19th century shopfront to right with consoled cornice incorporates doorway to shop and upper floors and bipartite shop window. Basement shops; 3 late 19th century piend-roofed canted dormers (1 larger).

Timber sash and case plate glass windows. Ashlar coped skews; corniced rendered stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: Trotter?s was recast by Simpson & Brown.

RAILINGS: plain cast-iron railings with replacement lamp standards to No 44 (incorporating Trotter?s lantern).

Statement of Special Interest

Sydney Smith lived at No 46. The Ionic columns of No 44 have Ionic capitals designed as the conceit of a pair of spectacles resting on a nose, reflecting the occupier?s business as opticians. A Group with Nos 30-60 (even nos) George Street A as a significant surviving part of the original fabric of Edinburgh?s New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain.



Ainslie?s Map of 1780. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp91-3. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p302.

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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)

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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.

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