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48, 50 Great Junction Street and 2 Henderson Street

A Category B Listed Building in Leith, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9715 / 55°58'17"N

Longitude: -3.173 / 3°10'22"W

OS Eastings: 326883

OS Northings: 676008

OS Grid: NT268760

Mapcode National: GBR 8S6.RW

Mapcode Global: WH6SM.758J

Entry Name: 48, 50 Great Junction Street and 2 Henderson Street

Listing Date: 29 March 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 364712

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27496

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Thomson, dated 1885. 4-storey corner tenement with shops at ground floor and Free Renaissance details. Cream sandstone, droved ashlar with polished dressings, coursed and squared rubble to rear. Continuous cornice above ground floor with pedimented angle pilasters; cill band courses to all floors; eaves cornice with blocking course, coped angle dies and decorative cast-iron brattishing; 1st floor windows with shouldered architraves and dentilled cornice; 2nd floor windows with carved lintels and hoodmoulds; angle pilasters channelled at 1st floor; ashlar mullions.

SW (GREAT JUNCTION STREET) ELEVATION: 5-bay including curved corner bay to outer left; replacement shopfronts at ground floor. Corner bay with doorway in chamfered corner, curved bays above corbelled over carved Neptune?s (?) head, bipartite windows. 4 bays to right with single window to centre bays; bipartite windows to outer bays; 2 wallhead stacks (to right truncated).

NW (HENDERSON STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay; replacement shopfront at ground floor. Single windows to centre bays, to centre at 1st floor commemorative panel and street name; single windows to outer bays; wallhead stack to centre.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: single windows; 2 wallhead stacks (rebuilt).

Timber sash and case windows, mostly plate glass glazing, some 4-pane, some modern replacements. 5 wallhead stacks (see above), to SW and NW with serrated cope, octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Statement of Interest

The commemorative panel identifies the tenement as the first project of the Leith Improvement Scheme, which encompassed the creation of Henderson Street and the demolition of much of the squalid late medieval backland to the W of the Kirkgate. Developments with shaped much of the topography of modern Leith. The retention of the brattishing contributes significantly to the architectural merits of the tenement.

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