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Edinburgh, Newhaven, 5-6 Great Michael Close

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9806 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.1937 / 3°11'37"W

OS Eastings: 325610

OS Northings: 677044

OS Grid: NT256770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.KM

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.XYC2

Entry Name: Edinburgh, Newhaven, 5-6 Great Michael Close

Listing Date: 17 October 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390276

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43698

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, 4-bay tenement forming terrace end. Rectangular-plan, gable end to Pier Place. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; exterior stairs with timber railings to 1st floor (No 5).

W (GREAT MICHAEL CLOSE) ELEVATION: 2 2-leaf timber panelled doors to ground floor (right No 6, left blocked) set within central stair recess; single windows in bays to outer left and right. Exterior stairs to 1st floor; 2-leaf timber panelled doors (right No 5, left blocked); flanking single windows. Regularly fenestrated to 2nd floor (narrow window in penultimate bay to right).

N (PIER PLACE) ELEVATION: single windows to all floors in bays to centre and outer left; blank bay to right.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to ground floor (No 6). 12-pane uPVC replacement sash and case windows to remaining floors. Machine-made red pantiled roof; raised skews. Harled and coped gablehead stacks to N and S with circular cans. Rooflight to centre.

Statement of Interest

B Group with 1-4 Great Michael Close (see separate list entries). One of many properties refurbished by Ian Lindsay & Partners during the 1970s, both Nos 5 and 6 display characteristics common to all - standard detailing to the stair railing, 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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