Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24546 71161
324546, 671161


Circa 1890. Late Victorian public house with fine interior, 2-storey 3-bay square-plan corner block. Grey sandstone, stugged ashlar to front and N with polished dressings, squared and snecked stugged rubble to rear. Base course; moulded string course above ground floor; architraved windows, lugged at 1st floor; overhanging eaves; shouldered and corniced wallhead stacks.

W (Morningside Road) elevation: full-height canted window with half-piend roof to left bay. Lugged doorway to centre bay with string course circled over, 2-leaf panelled door and 3-pane fanlight, flanked by broad bipartite window with timber mullions to right; single window to 1st floor above. Bay to right with further doorway detailed as above and bipartite window at 1st floor.

N (Canaan Lane) elevation: centre bay with doorway flanked by single window to right; paired windows at 1st floor above. Widely spaced outer bays with single windows. 2 short wallhead stacks.

E (rear) elevation: single windows and modern fire escape stair; tall wallhead stack to right of centre. Detached single storey stable block with 2 large openings and gabled hayloft door.

4-pane timber sash and case windows. Green slate piend and platform roof with lead flashings; 3 wallhead stacks (see above), 1 central stack. Moulded eaves gutter.

Interior: main room with corbelled egg and dart cornice, dado panelling with fluted frieze and dentilled cornice, embossed ceiling, timber bar with fielded panelling and fluted pilasters, gantry and fittings with fluted pilasters and dentilled cornice. Side room with reeded panelling, swagged frieze and dentilled cornice, painting of kneeling volunteer by Sam Bough, RSA. Frosted and etched glass to windows and doors.

Low wall to front with later railings, tall wall to rear enclosing courtyard and stable block.

Statement of Special Interest

It's villa type is unusual for a public house. Previously known as 'Volunteers Arms', the original village inn was bought by James Kerr in 1871 and has remained in the same family since. Listed primarily for it's eccentric interior of walls and ceilings decorated with rich collection of bric-a-brac and memorabilia.



C J Smith, Historic South Edinburgh, (Edinburgh, 1978), vol 1, pp172-4

About Listed Buildings

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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.

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