Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25761 74472
325761, 674472


Probably William Sibbald, earlier 19th century. 2-storey, attic and basement, 6-bay classical terrace, comprising mirrored pair of 3-bay houses. Polished ashlar sandstone; V-jointed rustication at principal floor; rockfaced rustication at basement. Base course; band courses between basement and principal floor, principal and 1st floor; corniced frieze at impost level at 1st floor; cill course at 1st floor; cornice and blocking course at 1st floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: pair of round-arched doorpieces flanking centre, comprising 4-panel timber doors flanked by semi-engaged Doric columns supporting lintel, with semicircular fanlights, radial to left (No 42), plate glass to right (No 44). Windows in round-arched recesses in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above and basement, with blank aprons at 1st floor of No 42, cills lowered at 1st floor of No 44. Central curvilinear-fluted wallhead panel. Flagged basement area.

W (ALBANY LANE) ELEVATION: part-obscured by range at ground floor; coursed rubble with droved ashlar dressings; window centred at 1st floor, window to left of centre at attic. Flat-roofed triangular-plan range; 2-storey, 6-bay, recessed at centre, with single-bay, single storey and attic addition to left, on sloping site; coursed rubble with droved ashlar dressings. 6-panel timber door centred at ground floor, with window above. Infilled windows in penultimate bay from right at 1st floor. Modern 2-leaf 4-panel timber door with plate glass rectangular fanlight to outer right at ground floor; 3-bay corniced former shop front to left at ground floor, with 4-panel timber door and plate glass rectangular fanlight to left, windows in bays to right, window centred at 1st floor; addition to outer left with bipartite windows at ground floor, modern wall adjoining to left; N return not seen, 1998.

E ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (46-54 Albany Street).

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Decorative cast-iron window guard in bays to left and right at 1st floor of No 44. Grey slate M-roof. Pairs of slate-hung bow-fronted dormers at Nos 42 and 44. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Broached ashlar and rendered ridge stacks; wide gablehead stack; coped, with circular cans. Coped skews.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1998.

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

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Edinburgh New Town A Group. The building of Albany Street started in 1801. It did not form part of Reid and Sibbald's first extension of the New Town, but was incorporated into it, Abercromby Place and Heriot Row being laid out on the same axis. Considerable difficulty was encountered in clearing feuars from the north-western area, for which Bonnar did not prepare a feu plan until February 1815.



Youngson, THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966), p110; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), p340; McKean, EDINBURGH (1992), p108; MacRae Heritors 38.

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