Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24117 73890
324117, 673890


Early 19th century, 3-storey over substructure, 5-bay rectangular plan traditional house on steep riverbank falling to N. Coursed random rubble with some dressed margins.

S (HAWTHORNBANK LANE) ELEVATION: off-centre entrance platt oversailing lower ground leading to top floor; 2 windows to right. Door to right (E) at lower ground (middle floor), window to far right.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: small window at top floor to far right.

N (WATER OF LEITH) ELEVATION: 3 stories, 5 evenly spaced windows at each floor, all over rubble substructure.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2 windows to outer bays at top and middle floors; 1 window to left at lower floor.

Predominantly 12-pane in timber sash and case windows. Pitched roof with lead ridge; grey slates. Corniced rubble gable end stacks; no cans. Later railings edging basement to street on ashlar copes. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Special Interest

12 Hawthornbank Lane is good example of an early 19th century traditional building with much of its original form retained to the exterior. The elevation to the river provides a good visual termination to views along the Water of Leith from both bridges in the Dean Village. The building uses the steeply sloping site well with the two basement storeys to the river elevation built into the river bank. The elevation to Hawthornbank Lane (S) has good streetscape value with the original cobbles still retained in the lane.

(Category changed from B to C(S) and list description revised 2009 as part of re-survey.)



Ordnance Survey, Large Scale Town Plan, (1849 -53); J Gifford, C McWilliam, D M Walker, The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh (1988) p. 395.

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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