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101 and 103 West Bow

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9481 / 55°56'53"N

Longitude: -3.1948 / 3°11'41"W

OS Eastings: 325478

OS Northings: 673428

OS Grid: NT254734

Mapcode National: GBR 8NH.B8

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.WRTH

Entry Name: 101 and 103 West Bow

Listing Date: 21 April 1969

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 370564

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29906

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Late 17th to early 18th century. 3-storey and attic 5-bay tenement with shop to ground floor, stepped with slope of street. Yellow harled with stone margins. Base course; continuous hoodmould over shop openings. Steep forestair with spiral cast-iron railings to right; timber boarded door with decorative cast-iron hinges to flats at 1st floor level. Windows to upper storeys grouped in pairs, with single small window over door; 2 windows to fleur-de lys-finialled crowstepped wallhead gable; square opening (blocked above), previously ventilating roof-space.

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

Statement of Interest

Date 1561 on base stone of gable finial. 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.

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