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1 Wester Close

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9804 / 55°58'49"N

Longitude: -3.1951 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 325523

OS Northings: 677028

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.9N

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WYP6

Entry Name: 1 Wester Close

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390333

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43727

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, 2-bay rectangular-plan tenement forming end of terrace. A-symmetrical; accessed from turnpike stair to rear. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; cills slightly advanced. Continuous base and string course to Main Street; painted render to ground floor.

E (FISHMARKET SQUARE) ELEVATION: 2-bay. Single windows to ground floor in both bays. Single window to 2nd floor in bay to outer right.

S (MAIN STREET) ELEVATION: 3-bay. Single windows to ground in all bays. Regularly fenestrated to 1st and 2nd floors in bays to outer left and right.

W (WESTER CLOSE) ELEVATION: 3-bay with entrance in projecting TURNPIKE STAIR to left. 2 single doors to ground (iron railings to entry in bay to right); single window aligned above. Boarded timber door facing N to storage area in re-entrant angle; single window to 2nd floor above. MAIN BLOCK: single window to ground floor in bay to left of centre; small single window in bay to outer left. Single window to 1st floor aligned above; single window in central bay. Single window to 2nd floor in bay to outer left.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to all elevations. Piended machine-made red pantile roof with grey slate easing course.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 3-8 Fishmarket Square, 40 and 42 Main Street and 2-8 Wester Close (see separate list entries). Originally rubble above a painted ground floor (see McGowran, p59), this was one of many Newhaven properties refurbished by Ian Lindsay & Partners during the 1970s. The plans (dated 1971) show how the original doors to Main Street, Fishmarket Square and Wester Close were built up to form windows and the wallhead stacks to both E and W were demolished. Although lacking exterior stairs, the block displays characteristics common to most of the practice?s Newhaven schemes - harled and limewashed facades, red pantiles and new timber sash and case windows. Despite harsh detailing and element of standardisation, work 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 attempts and thus, illustrates the differing and developing attitudes towards conservation. Previously listed as Fishmarket Square 1 and 2, 12 Wester Close and 25 Main Street.

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