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Edinburgh, Newhaven, 5 Westmost Close

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9806 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.1958 / 3°11'44"W

OS Eastings: 325482

OS Northings: 677046

OS Grid: NT254770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.5M

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WYC2

Entry Name: Edinburgh, Newhaven, 5 Westmost Close

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 368803

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29281

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Unitary Authority Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Mid to later 18th century, recast and converted by Ian Lindsay & Partners, circa 1970. 2-storey, 4-bay rectangular-plan vernacular- style house forming part of terrace. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted cement surrounds to openings; exterior stairs with timber railings to 1st floor.

W (WESTMOST CLOSE) ELEVATION: 2 timber boarded doors to ground set in stair recess (originally separate property); storage door beneath stairs. 2 timber boarded doors to 1st floor in central bay (left blocked, right No 5). Single windows to both floors in bays to outer left and right.

E (BURIAL GROUND) ELEVATION: single windows to both floors in bays to outer left and right.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to both elevations. Machine-made red pantiled roof with grey slate easing course; precast concrete skews. Harled mutual ridge stack to N, harled apex stack to S; precast concrete copes and circular cans to both.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 2, 3 and 6 Westmost Close (see separate list entries). One of many properties refurbished by Ian Lindsay & Partners during the 1970s, it has features common to all - standard detailing to the stair railing, harled and limewashed walls, precast concrete copes and skews, red pantiles and new timber sash and case windows. Note throughout, the retention of the Scottish fishing village vernacular with exterior stairs, a modest facade and simple proportions. Compare with Cross Wynd, Falkland or St Moran?s, Fife, both of which were recorded by Lindsay. 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. House adjoins ruined W wall of St Mary and St James? Chapel, 1508. Previously listed as Main Street, Westmost Close 11-14.

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