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7 and 8 Fishmarket Square

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9804 / 55°58'49"N

Longitude: -3.1946 / 3°11'40"W

OS Eastings: 325556

OS Northings: 677028

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.DN

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WYY6

Entry Name: 7 and 8 Fishmarket Square

Listing Date: 17 October 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390274

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43696

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Forth

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Ian Lindsay & Partners, circa 1970. 3-storey, 3-bay rectangular-plan tenement forming end of terrace. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; exterior stairs with timber railings to 1st floor.

W (FISHMARKET SQUARE) ELEVATION: timber door to ground in central bay beneath stair (No 8); timber door to storage area to right. Single window to ground in bay to outer left. Stairs to 1st floor entrance in central bay (No 7); single window aligned above. Single windows to 1st and 2nd floors in bay to outer left. Blank bay to outer right.

S (MAIN STREET) ELEVATION: single window to ground in bay to outer left; remaining wall blank.

2-pane metal sash and case windows to all openings. Machine-made red pantiled roof; precast concrete skews. Harled and limewashed apex stacks to N and S with precast concrete copes and circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 1-6 Fishmarket Square and 40-42 Main Street (see separate list entries). Maps dated to 1946 show the original building on this site (No 26 & 27) to have had a curvilinear facade fronting Main Street and Fishmarket Square. Lindsay?s Newhaven plan, dated 1971, marks this site as being one for a replacement building. Like Nos 24-38 Main Street, Nos 7 & 8 Fishmarket Square display characteristics common to both Lindsay?s new building and restoration work in Newhaven - note the standard detailing to the stair railing, harled and limewashed walls, red pantiled roof and precast concrete copes and skews. Despite the metal windows, harsh detailing and element of standardisation, work at here 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 and thus, illustrates the developing and differing attitudes towards conservation.

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