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Edinburgh, Newhaven, 243 Newhaven Road, Willow Bank

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9796 / 55°58'46"N

Longitude: -3.1935 / 3°11'36"W

OS Eastings: 325625

OS Northings: 676936

OS Grid: NT256769

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.MY

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.XYHT

Entry Name: Edinburgh, Newhaven, 243 Newhaven Road, Willow Bank

Listing Date: 17 October 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390317

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43714

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Forth

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Circa 1820. 2-storey, 4-bay pair of subdivided cottages set on slope. Symmetrical, rectangular-plan. Coursed rubble sandstone; droved long and short rubble quoins; continuous cornice; polished and painted surrounds to windows at S; projecting cills; architraved doorpieces. Polished and droved surrounds to N. Later conservatory added to S at ground; rear basement now a separate flat.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: architraved doorpieces to central bays with decorative friezes and projecting cornices. Single window to ground in bay to outer left; single door formed from window in bay to outer right; regularly fenestrated to 1st floor.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: 3-storey, 4-bay symmetrical arrangement. Single openings in all bays to basement. Tripartite windows to ground floor in bays to outer left and right. Single windows to both floors in remaining bays.

2-pane timber sash and case windows. Replacement grey pantiled roof with stone skews; Velux rooflights. Coped rubble apex stacks to E and W; circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1996.

BOUNDARY WALL AND GATEPIERS: coped rubble wall to Newhaven Road. Polished and painted pilastered pedestrian gateway to S; projecting cornice; replacement iron gate; garage with roller shutter door to left. Polished sandstone gatepiers to N; curved pyramidal caps; replacement metal gates.

Random rubble wall to W marks original entry to Willow Bank House (demolished). Stone coping; pyramidal caps; timber gate.

Statement of Interest

Once part of the Whalebank Estate with Willow Bank House to its W (the original No 243) and Shelbourne Bank House (now No 12 Park Road) beyond. The boundary wall and gateway to the W of No 243 are the only remains of Willow Bank House - demolished in 1970 by Edinburgh City to make way for "public open space" behind the modern scheme by Ian G. Lindsay & Partners (Auchinleck Court). Originally surrounded by extensive open land to N and S, the Whalebank Estate and the three substantial buildings aligned on it, played a key role in the then sparse townscape. Despite the addition of a conservatory to the front of No 243/1 and the subsequent cutting off of its doorpiece, the pair remain symmetrical and true to their original form.

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