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

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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