Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25871 73655
325871, 673655


Early 18th century, incorporating earlier fabric. 6-storey and attic 8-bay tenement block (4:4, with chamfered flat-arched pend to Fleshmarket Close to centre); shops to ground floor; 2-window wallhead gable to centre with wide apex stack; 4-bay gable-end with stepped string course to ground floor to Cockburn Street (door to outer right) and wings extending N between Cockburn Street and Fleshmarket Close, and between Fleshmarket and Jackson's Closes (see Notes). Rubble construction, cement rendered to High Street and Cockburn Street. Modern shop fronts to left. 2-storey shop front to right, curved to corner; corniced to ground and 1st floors (that to 1st dentilled); raised margins to ground floor openings; 2-leaf timber panelled door in 2nd bay from right; fluted timber pilasters to outer left and right. Narrow closet windows to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors to outer left. 2 slate-hung dormers to attic. Tall stair projection and lower 3-storey rubble wing to W of Fleshmarket Close.

Predominantly 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Scrolled skewputts. Wall- and gable-head stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Fine early tall tenement, with wings built in the old burgage plots which, prior to the construction of Cockburn Street in 1853-60, ran from the High Street down to the old Fleshmarket. The truncated N ends of these wings now adjoin Nos 50 and 52-56 Cockburn Street (Peddie and Kinnear, separately listed). Renovated by the City Architect's Department, 1978-81.

Category changed from B to A, 19 December 2002.



Appears on Edgar's 1742 plan of Edinburgh. RCAHMS INVENTORY EDINBURGH (1951) No 28. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 203.

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.

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