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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.


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 26661 71908
  • Coordinates326661, 671908


1827. Single storey and basement, 30 bay, symmetrical, classical terrace of houses. 3 x 6 bay pavilion blocks (street level entrances), 2 x 4 bay linking blocks with 2 x 2 bay terminal blocks (all basement level entrances). Cream sandstone polished ashlar, droved to basements; rubble to sides and rear. Base course; dividing band course; panelled aprons to architraved ground floor windows, cornice and blocking course to pavilion blocks; balustraded parapet to linking and terminal blocks.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 6 bay blocks: steps to doorways to outer bays; panelled doors; circular pattern fanlights; fluted Doric columns to corniced doorpieces; single windows to remaining bays to ground floor and basement. 4 bay blocks: basement doorways to central bays; boarded doors; small paned fanlights; regular fenestration to flanking bays and to ground floor above. 2 bay blocks: basement doorways to terminal bays; regular fenestration to remaining bays.

12 pane, timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piended roofs (platform-roofed linking blocks); coped wallhead and ridge stacks.

INTERIORS: not seen 1996.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped boundary wall to Middleby Street; higher walls to Duncan and Minto Street incorporating pedestrian gates to S; original cast-iron railings to areas.

Statement of Special Interest

The houses present 2 storey elevations to the gardens to the rear whilst appearing single storey to Middleby Street. The 6 bay blocks are twice as deep as the linking blocks. Middleby Street was part of the Blacket development feued by Benjamin and George Bell: it takes its name from their Dumfriesshire estate of Blacket which was in the parish of Middlebie.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1992), p643; William F Gray "The Lands of Newington and their Owners" BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB VOL 24 (1942), p162.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

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