History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

1 Grassmarket, Edinburgh

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 55.9471 / 55°56'49"N

Longitude: -3.1984 / 3°11'54"W

OS Eastings: 325255

OS Northings: 673323

OS Grid: NT252733

Mapcode National: GBR 8MH.MM

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.VS47

Plus Code: 9C7RWRW2+RJ

Entry Name: 1 Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Listing Name: 1 Grassmarket and 2 King's Stables Road

Listing Date: 10 April 1986

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 367810

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28932

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

Find accommodation in


Circa 1875, rebuilt (after fire) James Maclean 1897, with later alterations and additions. 4-storey and attic tenement with Scots Baronial details including corner bartizans, on splayed corner s's Stables Road; 6-bay rear wing and projecting 3-storey wing to King's Stables Road; modern single storey triangular infill. Squared and snecked stugged sandstone with polished dressings; rear wing random rubble. Roll-moulded and tabbed surrounds to 1st and 2nd storey windows of principal block, shoulder-arched to 3rd; moulded string course between storeys; machicolated corbelled course between 2nd and 3rd; gabled dormerheads with crescent finials to attic windows breaking eaves.

NE (GRASSMARKET) ELEVATION: entrance in centre bay: timber panelled door with semicircular fanlight in segmental-arched moulded surround with horse-shoe arch within. Window (modern glazing) to right and 2-leaf timber panelled door to left in broad segmental-arched openings. Regularly fenestrated above. Crenellated corner bartizan tower with 2 carved panels corbelled out above ground floor to outer right (formerly had conical fish-scale slated roof).

N (KING'S STABLES ROAD) ELEVATION: window in broad segmental-arched opening to ground; regularly fenestrated above. Long and short quoins; corner bartizan with conical slated roof corbelled out at 3rd floor to right. Elevation of 2-storey crowstep-gabled projecting wing to outer right: modern garage entrances to ground; regularly fenestrated; carved panel and corbelled out apex stack above; small castellated corner bartizans at 2nd floor to right and left; chamfered corner to Lady Wynd.

REAR WING: regularly fenestrated. Moulded string course below attic level; crowstepped gable to centre with wallhead stack and moulded arch over window; small corner bartizan to outer right.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates; decorative terracotta ridge tiles. Corniced stacks with some octagonal cans.

Statement of Interest

Townscape importance as western termination to Grassmarket. The long rectangle of Grassmarket was already a suburb and a secondary market place by 1500. After the Battle of Flodden in 1513 the city walls were strengthened and the Grassmarket and Cowgate enclosed by the Flodden Wall. Agricultural produce was sold in the Grassmarket until well into the 20th century; old photographs show upended carts and the bars and hostels associated with the market. It was also a place of public execution.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.