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2 Pier Place

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9807 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.1952 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 325518

OS Northings: 677062

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.8K

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WXNZ

Entry Name: 2 Pier Place

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 370369

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29849

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Forth

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Mid to later 18th century; recast and converted to form 2 flats by Ian Lindsay & Partners, circa 1970. A-symmetrical 2-storey, 4-bay L-plan block forming end of Wester Close. Stair in angle to rear; gable end to Pier Place. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted cement surrounds to openings.

N (PIER PLACE) ELEVATION: doorway off-set to right of centre; single window in bay to outer right; single windows in remaining bays to left. Single windows to 1st floor in bays to outer left and right.

12-pane timber sash and case windows; replacement boarded timber door to entry. Machine-made red pantiled roof with grey slate easing course; precast concrete skews; replacement rainwater goods. Precast concrete copes and circular cans to harled apex stacks to N and E.

Statement of Interest

B Group with 1-8 Wester Close (see separate list entries). Previously listed as Pier Place Barney Battle?s, 5, 6, 7, 8 Wester Close, this building was originally a public house named after its publican - the famous football player and boxer. Previously known as Barney Battle?s Boatie Row Tavern. Grant?s illustration depicts a further 2-storey, single bay to the right of the gable. Converted by Ian Lindsay & Partners in the early 1970s, it played a key role in the development of the whole area by Edinburgh City. Note the common features to be had by most within their scheme - harling and limewash, precast concrete copes and skews, red pantiles and timber sash and case windows. Note also how the gable mirrors that of No 6 Westmost Close and thereby, acts as a symmetrical device flanking Nos 3 and 4 Pier Place. Despite harsh detailing and standardisation, the practice?s work in Newhaven must be acknowledged as a pioneering attempt to conserve and improve an entire fishing village. A substantial project with a clear philosophy, it contrasts with more recent restoration attempts and thus, illustrates the differing and developing attitudes towards conservation.

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