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1 and 2 Great Michael Close

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9804 / 55°58'49"N

Longitude: -3.1938 / 3°11'37"W

OS Eastings: 325608

OS Northings: 677023

OS Grid: NT256770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.KP

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.XYB7

Entry Name: 1 and 2 Great Michael Close

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 368807

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29284

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. 2-storey, 3-bay pair of cottages forming end of close (elevations to Main Street and Great Michael Close). Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; exterior stairs to 1st floor with iron railings. Pend from Main Street in bay to outer left; entry to No 1 set within E wall.

S (MAIN STREET) ELEVATION: 2-leaf timber boarded doors to ground in

2 central bays. Single window in bay to outer right; blank bay above; small window in bay to left. Pend opening through bay to outer left; entry to No 1 to right. Single windows to 1st floor in remaining bays. N (REAR) ELEVATION: single window above pend in single bay to right.

W (GREAT MICHAEL CLOSE) ELEVATION: step to 2-leaf boarded timber door set within projecting forestair wall (No 2); single window to left and in bay to outer left. Stairs to 1st floor boarded timber door in central bay; flanking single windows.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to both elevations. Grey slate roof; raised skews. Coped harled and limewashed wallhead stacks to E, S and N with circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with 3-6 Great Michael Close and Main Street (see separate list entries). No 1 previously listed as 39 Main Street with No 38. One of many properties refurbished by Ian Lindsay & Partners during the 1970s, both Nos 1 and 2 display characteristics common to all - harled and limewashed facades, precast concrete copes and skews and new timber sash and case windows. Note throughout, the attempt to retain the Scottish fishing village vernacular with exterior stairs, modest facades 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.

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