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

WEST SAVILE ROAD AND CRAIGMILLAR PARK, ROYAL BLIND SCHOOL, INCLUDING BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATE LODGELB44443

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
25/03/1997
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 26772 71395
Coordinates
326772, 671395

Description

Charles Leadbetter, 1874; 20th century additions and alterations.

3 storey and attic, French-style former asylum with central entrance tower and flanking wings; 1960s extension adjoining to W and recent glazed extension to rear. Squared and snecked cream rubble sandstone with polished ashlar dressings. Base course; dividing band courses above ground and 1st floor windows; cill course to 1st floor windows; eaves course; cornice.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 4 stage circular plan tower with flanking 4 bay linking blocks and advanced terminal blocks. Tower with central porch incorporating round arched doorway; 2 leaf panelled outer door; plate glass fanlight; flanking slender engaged columns; carved heraldic panel above door depicting rampant lion and unicorn; flanking single windows; single windows to 2nd stage above set in lugged architraves; single round arched windows to 3rd stage with carved floral garlands between; octagonal 4th stage with windows set in round arched panels and crenellated parapet incorporating clock faces. Linking blocks adjoining to left and right; regular fenestration with pitched roofed dormers above. Terminal blocks; central tripartite windows to ground and 1st floors; bipartite windows to 2nd floor; dormers with round arched pediments.

E ELEVATION: 5 bay with 3 central bays advanced; bipartite windows to ground, 1st and 2nd floors; tripartite windows to M gabled attic to central bays; pedimented dormers to outer bays.

Plate glass PVCu pivot windows. Grey slate roofs; corniced ridge stacks.

INTERIOR: completely remodelled with no original features remaining.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped boundary wall to street; replacement railings.

GATE LODGE (CRAIGMILLAR PARK): single storey irregular-plan lodge with circular entrance tower to NE angle. Cream sandstone squared and snecked rubble with ashlar dressings. Base course; heraldic panel above doorway; eaves course; cornice. Irregular fenestration.

4 pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate pitched roof; fish scale slating to conical roof; corniced wallhead stack.

INTERIOR: not seen 1996.

References

Bibliography

Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1992), p636.

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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