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Description: 1-36 (inclusive Nos) Rosebank Cottages, Including Boundary Walls
Date Listed: 29 April 1977
Historic Scotland Building ID: 29656
OS Grid Coordinates: 324439, 673106
Latitude/Longitude: 55.9450, -3.2114
Alexander MacGregor, 1860. 3 rows of 2-storey symmetrical flatted cottages with gardens front and back. 3 12-bay rows to S (Nos 1-8, 9-16, 17-24); dividing central avenue, with footpaths to the individual houses; 9-bay row to S (Nos 25-30); 6-bay row behind to SW (Nos 31-34); 3-bay row at rear (Nos 35-6). Squared and snecked sandstone; bull-faced sandstone quoins. Lugged architraves to openings; pillar-box fanlights to doors.
NE (FRONT) ELEVATIONS: panelled timber door to centre of each 3-bay section at ground; single windows to both floors of flanking bays and to centre of 1st floor (much reduced to Nos 25-30); no windows to centre of 1st floor above Nos 3 and 4.
SW (REAR) ELEVATIONS: external stair at right angles to terrace, to 1st floor balcony serve 6-bay sections; panelled timber door at either end of balcony flanked by single windows; small single-light window between door and innermost window; single windows to ground floor below; additional small single-light window in line with one aligned above.
Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piended roof; raised stone skews, returned at bottom edges. Shouldered, corniced stacks to rows to N; coped and rendered stacks to rows to S; circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Decorative geometric-patterned ironwork handrails to steps and balconies.
INTERIORS: not seen 1997.
BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped boundary walls bordering gardens.
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.References:
Does not appear on Post Office Directory map 1859, appears on Post Office Directory map 1860; J N Tarn WORKING CLASS HOUSING IN 19TH CENTURY BRITAIN (1971) pp 38, 87; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988), p265; C McKean EDINBURGH: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992), p136.
Developed by Sir James Gowans and 'built for the better class of mechanics and others'. Each flat was self-contained with a living room, two bedrooms, a scullery and water closet 'having a spring by which the opening of the door flushes the pan.'
Source: Historic Scotland
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