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6, 7 and 8 Rosebery Crescent, Including Railings

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9467 / 55°56'48"N

Longitude: -3.2191 / 3°13'8"W

OS Eastings: 323961

OS Northings: 673296

OS Grid: NT239732

Mapcode National: GBR 8HH.FS

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.JSBL

Entry Name: 6, 7 and 8 Rosebery Crescent, Including Railings

Listing Date: 10 December 1964

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 369821

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29660

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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John Chesser, later 19th century. Terrace of 3, 3-storey with basement, 2-bay plain classical houses with 3-light canted bays. Polished, coursed, sandstone ashlar, droved at basement. No 6 advanced. Base course; cill course to 1st and 2nd floors; corniced doorpiece comprising abbreviated pilasters flanking margin-framed doorway; cornice; blocking course; skews.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: part-glazed door and fanlight to centre of each house at basement; window beneath platt at right, light to each face of canted bay at left, all floors; part-glazed timber doors with rectangular fanlights (with astragals to No 7) to doorpieces at bay to right at ground of each house; single window at floors above.

4-pane timber sash and case windows. Concealed roof; coped mutual stacks, mostly with tall cans; ashlar wallhead stack to No 6; cast-iron rainwater goods.

RAILINGS: fleur-de-lys iron railings to oversailing entrance platts and, set in coping, to street.

Statement of Interest

Part of New Town A-Group. Seemingly the work of John Chesser, although the street as a whole was originally conceived as the southern entrance to Grosvenor and Lansdowne Crescents, the overall scheme of which was devised by Robert Matheson. It is therefore likely these buildings were executed some time after Matheson's 12-21 Lansdowne Crescent of 1865, and the quality of the stone is somewhat inferior to that used in the latter and, indeed, to that of No 9 Rosebery Street. Matheson was the Surveyor of Works in Scotland and had purchased the West Coates estate in 1860 as an investment. Chesser was the Superintendent of Works to Heriot's Trust.

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