Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 28433 74140
328433, 674140


Circa 1850; N elevation of public house (Porters Bar) circa 1890. Terrace of three 2-storey, 3-bay houses with public house to ground floor. Painted coursed rubble with droved quoins to numbers 6-8, painted pebbledash to number 5. Basecourse. Regularly fenestrated to 1st floor. Bar front: frieze and cornice. Roll-moulded, shoulder-arched openings and stop-chamfered doorways. 2-leaf timber panelled door to bar entrance; scroll brackets supporting slightly advanced section of frieze above. 2 timber panelled doors with plate glass fanlights to flats above; bracketed window balcony with decorative wrought-iron balustrade above door to left. Decorative wrought-iron window balconies to 3 windows at 1st floor to outer right.

Plate glass in timber sash and case windows at 1st floor; large plate glass windows to ground (windows to number 5 boarded over). Grey slate. Stone skews. Rendered coped stacks with tall cylindrical cans.

INTERIOR (PORTERS BAR): lobby with reeded timber doors and panelling; leaded stained glass to upper panels with lettering to doors: JUG BAR to left, PUB BAR to right. Copper door furniture. Mosaic floor bearing the legend PIERSHILL TAVERN. Decorative plaster cornice to ceiling with dentil and egg & dart mouldings. Timber panelled public bar: arcaded Spanish mahogany gantry, mahogany bar, further doors with border-glazed stained glass panels, compartmented ceilings with dentil and egg and dart mouldings;

Statement of Special Interest

Good, plain, mid-19th century terrace (opposite the former Piershill Barracks). Public house with particularly fine, well-preserved interior. Earlier maps show a selection of various buildings on this site. It is probable that there has been a public house here ever since the barracks were built in about 1790.



Appears on Johnston's 1851 Plan of Edinburgh & Leith. Gifford, McWilliam & Walker, BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND: EDINBURGH (1988), p566.

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)

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