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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.

1, 2, 3, RIVERSIDE AND 10,11,12,13,14 AND 15 CRAMOND VILLAGEReference: LB28606

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 14/12/1970


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 18946 77088
  • Coordinates318946, 677088


Circa 1795; recast and converted by Ian Lindsay & Partners, 1959 - 61; basement conversion circa 1994. 3 plain vernacular 2-storey and basement, 3-bay tenements forming terrace. Rectangular-plan; accessed from front and rear; symmetrical disposition of openings. Whitewashed harl; painted surrounds to openings; continuous eaves course; timber rails to 1st floor platforms at front.

E (ENTRANCE NOS 10-15) ELEVATION: 3 2-storey, 5-bay blocks with flats at ground and 1st floors. Rubble-coped harled wall to front forming passage boundary. Single boarded timber doors at ground in central bays; flanking single windows in remaining bays to left and right. Timber railed flat platforms from 1st floor setts and drying area to 1st floor entries; single boarded doors; single windows in remaining bays to left and right. Painted surrounds to outer windows, plain surrounds with projecting cills to windows flanking entry.

W (ENTRANCE NOS 1-3 RIVERSIDE) ELEVATION: single boarded timber doors at ground in penultimate bays to left and right (Nos 1 and 3); 2-leaf timber door set in central segmental-arch (No 2). Single windows flank entries at ground; regularly fenestrated at 1st and 2nd floors in all bays.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to both elevations. Machine-made red pantile roof with grey slate easing course; raised skews. Harled apex stacks to N and S; ridge-stacks disposed equally between properties; precast concrete coping; circular cans.

INTERIORS: not seen 1996.

Statement of Special Interest

Cramond A Group. Part of an industrial community built for workers in the mills on the River Almond, Nos 6 - 15 played a key role in the Cramond restoration project carried out by Ian Lindsay & Partners between 1959 and 1961 (commissioned by Edinburgh Corporation). As can be seen at Newhaven (a scheme executed by Lindsay & Partners a decade later), the precedents set here were highly influential. Note the whitewashed harl, machine-made red pantiles and timber sash and case windows - features common to both projects. Despite an element of standardisation and complete internal conversion, the vernacular of the Scottish fishing/industrial village has been retained and the original character preserved (compare with Cross Wynd, Falkland or St. Monance, Fife - both of which were recorded by Lindsay). His work at Cramond is acknowledged as an early and relatively successful attempt to restore the architectural core of a village in decline. Previously listed as Nos 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 Cramond Village. Nos 1, 2 and 3 recently created following conversion.



Does not appear on a sketch used for the cover of J Wood's 1st edition, 1794; appears on Wood's map, 1826; Ordnance Survey maps, 1895 and 1947; J Grant, OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH (1882) vol III, p314-320; E J MacRae, THE HERITAGE OF GREATER EDINBURGH (1947) p11 and sheet III; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984) p553; CRAMOND HERITAGE PARK: POLICY REPORT (1985) City of Edinburgh District Council; M Cant, VILLAGES OF EDINBURGH (1986); C McKean, EDINBURGH: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1993) p162; C Pittaway, 'A NATIONAL AWAKENING': ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION IN NORTH EAST FIFE 1919 - 1939, St Andrews Studies in the History of Scottish Architecture and Design (1993) p39; J P Wood, THE ANTIENT AND MODERN STATE OF THE PARISH OF CRAMOND (reprinted 1994) p11; various press cuttings and photographs, Edinburgh Room, Central Library; NMRS photographs ED/15006, B 38696, ED/7560, ED/15004; City Archives, various plans, Ian Lindsay & Partners, 1959; painting attributed to John Clerk of Eldin depicts Cramond Village prior to restoration (NMRS).

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