Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25993 73681
325993, 673681


Early 18th century, with later alterations and incorporating earlier fabric. Part of tenement reduced in height circa 1970 (see Notes); now 2 storeys. Ground floor painted channelled ashlar; modern 3-bay shopfront; door to basement at outer right; 4-bay 1st floor above band course rendered with raised chamfered ashlar margins; regular fenestration; modern timber doors. Rubble built-in pend of North Gray's Close.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: 3-storey 2-bay random rubble-built; roll-moulded doorway (possibly 16th century); 2nd doorway to right; chamfered ashlar window margins; lowest large window has lowered cill.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows; modern plate glass shop windows; some replacement glazing to rear. Modern roof behind continuous timber fascia.

INTERIOR: not seen 2002.

Statement of Special Interest

This form of tenement was a typical sight on the High Street during the period but relatively few examples have survived. The early 18th century Morocco Land in the Canongate (rebuilt by Robert Hurd in 1956-7) is comparable. North Gray's Close and the long, narrow burgage plots extending to the rear of the High Street conform to the mediaeval town plan and this pattern can still be discerned on the site.

Photographs in the NMRS collection (ED/5048, ED/ 5049) dated 1970 show the 5-storey and attic 4-bay tenement still intact prior to its demolition circa 1970 which left only the ground and first floors standing.



Gray's Close marked on William Edgar's City and Castle of Edinburgh map of 1742. Grant OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH (1885) p208. Edinburgh City Archive, Dean of Guild alteration plans dated 3.1.1895. RCAHMS Inventory 32 (1951).

About Listed Buildings

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