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89 West Bow

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9483 / 55°56'54"N

Longitude: -3.1948 / 3°11'41"W

OS Eastings: 325484

OS Northings: 673456

OS Grid: NT254734

Mapcode National: GBR 8NH.C5

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.WRV9

Entry Name: 89 West Bow

Listing Date: 21 April 1969

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 370559

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29903

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Late 17th century. 4-storey and attic 3-bay tenement with shop to ground floor, stepped with slope of street (flats entered from common stair at No 87). Random rubble with relieving arches and ashlar margins. Cill courses at 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. Crowstepped gable above eaves cornice with 2 windows and small window to right, 2 flight-holes above. Recessed glazed timber door and dentilled cornice to shop front (George Fox, 1863). Random rubble to rear, irregularly fenestrated; crowstepped gable with single window.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates.

Statement of Interest

Until after the 1827 Improvement Act West Bow was a steep Z-shaped street which climbed from the Grassmarket to Upper Bow at the foot of Castlehill. Most of the old buildings in West Bow were swept away to make room for the northern side of Victoria Street, built to link the Grassmarket with the new George IV Bridge. Before their demolition, Thomas Hamilton, the architect for the scheme, made careful elevational drawings of the buildings. As Hamilton's drawing shows, the first five houses at the lower end of the street on the W remain. The flats at upper levels of No 89 West Bow are now entered from No 87.

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