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20 Seafield Road, Seafield Crematorium with Boundary Wall, Memorial Garden Wall and Gateway

A Category B Listed Building in Leith, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9696 / 55°58'10"N

Longitude: -3.1475 / 3°8'50"W

OS Eastings: 328477

OS Northings: 675774

OS Grid: NT284757

Mapcode National: GBR 8Y7.YK

Mapcode Global: WH6SM.M6FY

Entry Name: 20 Seafield Road, Seafield Crematorium with Boundary Wall, Memorial Garden Wall and Gateway

Listing Date: 29 September 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 364072

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27095

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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W N Thompson, 1938-9. Inter-war basilica style crematorium. 2-storey, 4-bay nave with advanced 2-storey transeptal entrance porch at 3rd bay. Apsed end to SE; single storey, flat-roofed office wing of curved plan projecting to NE. Reconstituted granite: horizontally channelled base course, cill course to ground and 1st floor windows, eaves cornice terminated at gables by corbels.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: stylised portico to right of centre with entablature and block pediment over square chamfered shafts and moulded reveals. V-canted and bracketted stair window. Flanking single bay, single storey offices projecting each side with small bipartite window. Horizontal, clerestorey windows to bays 1, 2 and 4 at 1st floor; leading to organ gallery. Entrance steps with integral flanking planters; adjoining boundary dwarf wall. 3-bay single storey wing projecting to left.

NE ELEVATION: projecting central panel at 1st floor containing narrow vertical opening and oculus above. Flanked by plain chimneys.

SE ELEVATION: not seen (1995).

SW ELEVATION: 2-tiered apse to end of nave (lower tier housing projecting ambulatory); gablehead above. 2 narrow windows to offices to left; narrow slit window to 1st floor gallery.

Metal casement windows with coloured leaded glazing to ground floor openings; 14-pane triangular stair window. Clerestorey and skylight windows with glass brick glazing. Plate glass casement windows to single storey wing. Roman-tiled pitched roof to nave; red clay tile to apse. Skews with granite coping.

INTERIOR: bays divided internally by concrete structural members. Period decoration and fittings intact; timber-boarded floor and dado panelling. Decorative cast-ironwork to rear of apse; framing apse entrance arch and at gateways leading to ambulatory. Ambulatory with circular skylights. Bowed gallery at centre bay of NW wall; flanked by organ lofts. Timber door to NE end of centre aisle with small 5-pane coloured leaded light. Green marble slab table in nave, centring apse.

BOUNDARY WALL: reconstituted granite dwarf wall with coping.

Memorial garden wall and gateway: reconstituted granite wall with coping; adjoining round-arched and pedimented gateway with voussoirs; hooped-iron gate.

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