Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

40, 42 YORK PLACE, INCLUDING RAILINGS AND BOUNDARY WALLLB29993

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
14/09/1966
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25814 74369
Coordinates
325814, 674369

Description

Later 18th century. 3-storey, attic and basement, 5-bay terraced classical house. Broached ashlar sandstone; V-jointed rustication at principal floor; rock-faced rustication at basement. Base course; band courses between basement and principal floor, principal and 1st floor; cill courses at 1st and 2nd floors; dentilled cornice and blocking course at 2nd floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: round-arched doorway centred at principal floor, comprising 9-panel timber door with radial semicircular fanlight; windows in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above and basement. Flagged basement area.

W ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (38 and 38A York Place).

E (YORK LANE) ELEVATION: 3-bay gable, with slightly advanced left half. Predominantly stugged and squared rubble; broached ashlar at 1st floor; long and short quoins. Forestair with ashlar-parapetted landing from York Place to panelled timber door with 3-pane rectangular fanlight, to left of centre between principal and 1st floor; bipartite window to right of centre. Windows to left and right of centre between 1st and 2nd floor. Round-arched windows to left of centre at 2nd floor; window to right of centre at 2nd floor. Window to outer left at attic.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: not seen, 1998.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate M-roof. Pair of slate-hung box dormers. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Broached ashlar ridge and gablehead stacks; coped, with circular cans. Coped skews.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1998.

RAILINGS: ashlar copes surmounted by cast-iron railings with spear-headed and urn finials.

BOUNDARY WALL: random and coursed rubble wall, coped, and stepped down to N, surmounted by forestair parapet to left. Infilled pedestrian wall to right; modern vertically-boarded timber door in pedestrian gate with concrete lintel; pair of modern garage doors with concrete lintel, to outer right.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Edinburgh New Town A Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. Feuing began in York Place in 1793, after Lord Alva sold land to the north east of St Andrew Square to the city.

References

Bibliography

Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), pp332-3; McKean, EDINBURGH (1992), pp109-110; MacRae Heritors 19 and 38.

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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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