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40 Newhaven Main Street

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9807 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.1946 / 3°11'40"W

OS Eastings: 325555

OS Northings: 677052

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.DL

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WYY1

Entry Name: 40 Newhaven Main Street

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 367294

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28767

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Forth

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Mid to later 18th century; recast and converted by Ian Lindsay & Partners, circa 1970. 3-storey, 5-bay tenement block forming part of terrace with projecting full-height conical-roofed stair tower in central bay. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; doorway to front and rear (Fishmarket Square).

E (GREAT MICHAEL SQUARE) ELEVATION: timber boarded door to ground in re-entrant angle to left of stair tower. Small single stair windows above. Regular fenestration to all floors in penultimate and outer bay to left. Single windows to 1st and 2nd floors in re-entrant angle to right of tower. Regularly fenestrated to all floors in bay to outer right; single window to 2nd floor in bay to inner left.

W (FISHMARKET SQUARE) ELEVATION: 2-leaf timber boarded door in penultimate bay to left; single windows to all floors in bay to outer left. Bipartite window to ground in bay to outer right; regularly fenestrated to all floors in remaining bays.

N (PIER PLACE) ELEVATION: single window to 2nd floor in bay to right of gable end.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to all openings. Machine-made red pantiles to roof with grey slate easing course and precast concrete skews. Harled ridge stack to S; apex stack to N with precast concrete copes and circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with 1-8 Fishmarket Square and No 42 Main Street (see separate list entries). One of many properties refurbished by Ian Lindsay & Partners during the 1970s, this block displays characteristics common to all - harled and limewashed walls, precast concrete copes and skews, red pantiles and new timber sash and case windows. Note throughout, the attempt to retain the Scottish vernacular with the stair tower and simple facades. Despite harsh detailing and element of standardisation, the practice?s Newhaven work should be acknowledged as a pioneering attempt to conserve and improve an entire fishing village. A substantial project with a clear philosophy, it contrasts with more recent restoration attempts and thus, illustrates the differing and developing attitudes towards conservation. Previously listed as No 16 Great Michael Square with No 15 and 7-9 Fishmarket Square.

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