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86-90 (Even Nos) Grassmarket

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.948 / 55°56'52"N

Longitude: -3.1953 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 325451

OS Northings: 673414

OS Grid: NT254734

Mapcode National: GBR 8NH.89

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.WRML

Entry Name: 86-90 (Even Nos) Grassmarket

Listing Date: 12 December 1974

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 370885

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB30112

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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John Lessels, circa 1880. 3 storey and attic 2-bay Baronial tenement with shops to ground floor. Squared and snecked bull-faced sandstone with polished dressings (painted to ground floor). String course between 1st and 2nd floors. Timber panelled door to flats at outer right; modern glazing to shops. Windows in basket-arched surrounds; bipartite mullioned windows to right, tripartite to left at 1st and 2nd floors; bipartite mullioned window in corbelled out, crowstepped gable to left; single window in ball-finialled pedimented dormerhead breaking eaves to right.

Small-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Stone skews. Corniced end stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Interest

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 up-ended carts and the bars and hostels associated with the market. It was also a place of public execution.

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