Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25007 74518
325007, 674518


David Paton, 1821. 4-storey and basement, 9-bay terraced tenement. Polished ashlar sandstone; V-jointed rustication at principal floor. Band course at principal and 1st floor; cill course at 1st and 2nd floors; continual cornice at 2nd floor; cornice and blocking course at 3rd floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: round-arched doorpiece centred at principal floor, comprising 4-panel common stair door with blind stone semicircular fanlight. Round-arched doorpieces in bay 3rd from outer left and outer right, comprising 4-panel timber doors, radial semicircular fanlight to left, plate glass semicircular fanlight to right. Windows in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above, and to basement. 3-bay pilastered shop front to outer left at basement (No 8B); panelled door with plate glass rectangular fanlight, flanked by plate glass windows. Remainder of basement 2-bay, with 12-pane timber sash and case windows and glazed doors, including segmental-arched multi-pane fanlights to doors at centre. Flagged basement area.

N ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (10-14 St Vincent Street).

S ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (44-86 Great King Street).

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate M-roof. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Broached ashlar ridge stack, rendered ridge and gablehead stacks; coped, with circular cans.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1997, but some evidence of working panelled shutters.

RAILINGS: ashlar copes surmounted by iron railings with fleur-de-lis balusters and pineapple finials.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Second New Town A Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain.

St Vincent Street was part of the first extension of the New Town planned by Reid and Sibbald in 1802. It was largely built by Pringle and Edgar. Building started in 1821. It was curtailed by the building of St Stephen's Church in 1827-8, when the plan was revised to provide for 2 quadrants sweeping into St Stephens Street and Fettes Row.



Youngson, THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966), pp209-10; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), pp336, 338, 345, 347, 349, 411, 415; MacRae Heritors 38; Register of Sasines.

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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