Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24485 73108
324485, 673108


Alexander MacGregor, 1860. 3 rows of 2-storey symmetrical flatted cottages with gardens front and back. 3 12-bay rows to S (Nos 1-8, 9-16, 17-24); dividing central avenue, with footpaths to the individual houses; 9-bay row to S (Nos 25-30); 6-bay row behind to SW (Nos 31-34); 3-bay row at rear (Nos 35-6). Squared and snecked sandstone; bull-faced sandstone quoins. Lugged architraves to openings; pillar-box fanlights to doors.

NE (FRONT) ELEVATIONS: panelled timber door to centre of each 3-bay section at ground; single windows to both floors of flanking bays and to centre of 1st floor (much reduced to Nos 25-30); no windows to centre of 1st floor above Nos 3 and 4.

SW (REAR) ELEVATIONS: external stair at right angles to terrace, to 1st floor balcony serve 6-bay sections; panelled timber door at either end of balcony flanked by single windows; small single-light window between door and innermost window; single windows to ground floor below; additional small single-light window in line with one aligned above.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piended roof; raised stone skews, returned at bottom edges. Shouldered, corniced stacks to rows to N; coped and rendered stacks to rows to S; circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Decorative geometric-patterned ironwork handrails to steps and balconies.

INTERIORS: not seen 1997.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped boundary walls bordering gardens.

Statement of Special Interest

Developed by Sir James Gowans and 'built for the better class of mechanics and others'. Each flat was self-contained with a living room, two bedrooms, a scullery and water closet 'having a spring by which the opening of the door flushes the pan.'



Does not appear on Post Office Directory map 1859, appears on Post Office Directory map 1860; J N Tarn WORKING CLASS HOUSING IN 19TH CENTURY BRITAIN (1971) pp 38, 87; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988), p265; C McKean EDINBURGH: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992), p136.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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