Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25252 74243
325252, 674243


Andrew Wilson, 1824, with later alterations. Single storey, single bay classical implement store, in miniature temple form; used as a tool shed (see Notes); set into bank. Polished ashlar sandstone, with broached ashlar side elevations.

W ELEVATION: pedimented with acroteria to apex and to outer angles; fluted Doric columns and clasping pilasters to outer left and right with opening to centre, formerly door, now iron gate, into rubble barrel vault at rear, containing ashlar plinth with brass and wood plaque, reading 'In memory of Lord Dunpark, Chairman of Commissioners of these gardens for forty years (1951-1991)'.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Second New Town A Group, the concept of the temple-like tool shed was formed by Andrew Wilson, said to be "one of the most eminent landscape painters of the Scottish school" who was consulted by the gardens' Commissioners. He was the person who suggested the position and appearance of the shed. It was agreed that ".. it should be erected in the centre of the eastern bank, showing a front to the west as laid down on Mr Wilson's sketch and sunk in the bank as far as possible". The shed was built as potentially a portico for a tunnel that was planned to link the gardens. The resulting building is very much within the Claudian, Picturesque tradition. It is unique within all the Georgian gardens in Edinburgh. The mason who carried out the work was the same one who erected the railings around the gardens, which were also suggested by Wilson.



C Byrom, "The pleasure grounds of Edinburgh New Town", GARDEN HISTORY: THE JOURNAL OF THE GARDEN HISTORY SOCIETY, (Vol. 23, No 1, summer 1995). C Byrom GARDENS OF THE EDINBURGH NEW TOWN (PhD thesis), p290.

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