Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

215-219 (ODD NOS) HIGH STREETLB29047

Status: Designated


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NT 25854 73661
325854, 673661


18th century, incorporating earlier fabric. 5-storey and attic 5-bay tenement with early 19th century pilastraded shop to ground floor; wing to north bounded by Lyons Close to E and Old Stamp House Close to W (see Notes). Ashlar-faced, rubble to rear. 2 2-window slate-hung dormers to attic. Openings to ground floor flanked by Doric pilasters. Pend to Lyons Close to outer right. Narrow opening with steep stairs to flats to outer left. Plaques commemorating Dr Elsie Inglis (1864-1917). 3-bay 6-storey and attic wing to rear with tripartite windows to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th storeys to N; further single storey low rubble wing to N facing courtyard.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows (modern glazing to ground floor). Scrolled skewputts. Grey slates. End stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

In 1904 No 219 became the hospice and dispensary founded by Elsie Inglis, (pioneer of women's medicine and founder of the Scottish Women's Suffrage Federation) to provide maternity and midwifery resources for poor women. The wing behind the tenement fronting the High Street was built on the old burgage plot running N, truncated when Cockburn Street was built in 1854-60. The former Stamp Office building, at the foot of the Close, is marked on Ainslie's 1804 plan of Edinburgh.

Category changed from B to A, 19 December 2002.



Appears on Edgar's 1742 map of Edinburgh Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 202.

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)

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