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Latitude: 55.9479 / 55°56'52"N
Longitude: -3.2222 / 3°13'19"W
OS Eastings: 323771
OS Northings: 673436
OS Grid: NT237734
Mapcode National: GBR 8GH.TB
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.GRVM
Entry Name: 26-30 (Inclusive Nos) Eglinton Crescent, Including Railings
Listing Date: 27 October 1964
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 367194
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28730
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
John Chesser, 1875-1880. 3-storey with attic and basement, bowed, classically-detailed terrace with 3-storey and basement canted bays. Polished, channelled sandstone ashlar with polished dressings; droved sandstone to basement. Base course; band course between ground and 1st floors and between 1st and 2nd floors, corniced at canted bays; cill course to 2nd floor canted bays; bracketed block cill to remaining 2nd floor windows; eaves course; dentilled cornice. Doorpiece comprising elaborately consoled cornice to pilastered, keystoned, depressed-arch opening containing timber door (2-leaf or part-glazed), narrow flanking lights and depressed-arch fanlight; margins to windows above; blocking courses and ornamental circular-pattern wrought-iron balustrades to box dormers (alternately single and tripartite) at roof; coped skews.
FRONT ELEVATION: door and fanlight to right of platt at basement; light to centre of canted bay at bay to right; window beneath platt, sometimes infilled; doorpiece to bay to right at ground (door to doorpiece of No 26 offset to left, with flanking window at right); single windows at floors above; 3 lights to canted bay, ground, 1st and 2nd floors; tripartite dormers to canted bays; single dormer to entrance bays.
2-pane timber sash and case glazing. Grey slate roof; coped sandstone mutual stacks, with tall, original octagonal cans; cast-iron rainwater goods.
RAILINGS: spiked railings to street (set in coping), and to ashlar steps and entrance platts.
Part of New Town A-Group. John Chesser was the Superintendent of Works to George Heriot's Hospital between 1858 and 1889. During his term of office large quantities of Heriot's land were feued, including land in the W of Edinburgh. Chesser was responsible for preparing ground and elevation plans for the new buildings. Opulent interiors were designed for many of the houses.
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