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Trefoil Centre, Walled Garden

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9213 / 55°55'16"N

Longitude: -3.3351 / 3°20'6"W

OS Eastings: 316659

OS Northings: 670611

OS Grid: NT166706

Mapcode National: GBR 23.ZSTJ

Mapcode Global: WH6SQ.RF1G

Entry Name: Trefoil Centre, Walled Garden

Listing Date: 8 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 364909

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27642

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Local Authority Ward: Almond

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Dated 1868 with alterations in later 19th century and modern times. 2-storey, asymmetrical, originally rectangular-plan house with Scottish 17th century details, modern additions to N and W and now a school. Stugged, squared and snecked honey-coloured sandstone with ashlar dressings. Quoin strips. Eaves band. Corniced windows; chamfered reveals.

N (MAIN) ELEVATION: 4 irregular bays to main block with lower wing to right. Door at centre of main block with elaborate door case; fluted columns supporting entablature with over-door armorial plaque and segmental-headed pediment with Jacobean strapwork detail and urns on die at either end. Date-stone AD 1868 in frieze. Bipartite window to right and left, that to right with stone mullion, that to left larger with stone mullion and transom. Dormerheaded windows headed with pedimented sqaure panels with consoles and ball finials. Gable to outer left, windows symmetrically disposed, upper window with strapwork moulding. Lower asymmetrical wing to W. Door to left with metal stair. Square dormerheads with swept roof. Modern, unsympathetic addition extends to N and W.

E ELEVATION: 3-bay. Gable to outer left, 2-bays to right. Windows symmetrically disposed. Dormerheads with triangular pediments, centre dormerhead window enlarged to door amd now with steel fire escape.

S ELEVATION: 3 asymmetrical bays. Canted window to outer right at ground with perron stair and plain curving balusters added to centre window altered as French doors. 2 narrow French windows to outer left. Gabled dormerheads symmetrically placed. Recessed to left 4-bay later 19th century block with early 20th century additions. 3 bays to right each with symmetrically disposed gabled dormerheads. Door, now blocked as window, in outer right bay, segmental canopy pediment supported on massive brackets. Full-height canted bay window to outer left. Deeply-set openings. French doors at ground, 6-pane casement windows at 1st floor, centre 1st floor window barred.

Modern additions to W.

4-pane and 6-pane sash and case windows; 6-pane French doors with 2-pane fanlights. Grey slate for main block, red pantiled for W range; ashlar coping to skews, console skewputts with rope moulding. Corniced, sandstone ridge and apex stacks.

GARDEN WALLS AND GATEWAY: high rubble wall with harl pointing and semi-circular coping encloses garden area to W. Simple pedestrian gate leading from W walled garden to S main garden with segmental shaped pediment with punched trefoil above lintel.

CORINTHIAN COLUMN: an elaborate free-standing, ashlar Corinthian column die with eagle statue stands in garden to S of house.

Statement of Interest

Kirklands Lodge (now the Trefoil Centre) was built on the site of Kirklands Cottage the latter which was shown on the 1st edition map with formal gardens. The present house was built in 1868 and appears in general layout on the 2nd edition map. The house is now a school for mentally handicapped people and has had numerous additions and alterations carried out. Trefoil E Lodge is listed separately. The free-standing Corinthian column may belong to the earlier phase of Kirklands Cottage. The U-plan steading which lies to NW of the house and which backs onto walled garden has been unsympathetically altered.

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