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Edinburgh Castle, Esplanade

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9487 / 55°56'55"N

Longitude: -3.1974 / 3°11'50"W

OS Eastings: 325318

OS Northings: 673502

OS Grid: NT253735

Mapcode National: GBR 8MH.T1

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.VRL0

Entry Name: Edinburgh Castle, Esplanade

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 365429

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28011

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Locality: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

Description

1753, 1816-20 (see Notes). Level open area, approach to Castle, with spear-headed cast-iron railings on low ashlar wall to N, coped wall with turrets and dummy sentry boxes to S (see Notes).

Statement of Interest

The A Group comprises the Esplanade itself and the group of monuments including the Statue of the Duke of York, the Scottish Horse Memorial, the 72nd Highlanders Memorial, the 78th Highlanders Memorial, the Monument to Colonel MacKenzie and the Statue of Earl Haig (all separately listed). A parade ground between the entrance to the Castle and the approach road from the Lawnmarket was built in 1753, using spoil taken from the foundations of the Royal Exchange in the High Street. It was widened and given the wall and railings to the N in 1816, low walls with alternate towers and turrets 'a few years later'. The turrets to S incorporate a decorative horse trough erected by the Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders in 1874 and a decorative bronze plaque commemorating officers and men of the Gordon Highlanders who fell in the South African War of 1899 to 1902.

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