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Latitude: 55.9176 / 55°55'3"N
Longitude: -3.1695 / 3°10'10"W
OS Eastings: 327002
OS Northings: 670005
OS Grid: NT270700
Mapcode National: GBR 8TV.G6
Mapcode Global: WH6ST.8JYC
Entry Name: 18 Liberton Brae, Liberton Tower Mains, Farmhouse and Steading
Listing Date: 20 May 1994
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 371144
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB30305
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton
Traditional County: Midlothian
FARMHOUSE: earlier 19th century. 2-storey, 3-bay rectangular-plan classical farmhouse with single storey pavilions to E and W, sited at head of U-plan steading. Coursed rubble grey sandstone with stugged ashlar dressings. Base, dividing and blocking courses; moulded cornice; long and short quoins and surrounds to openings.
S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central advanced bay; steps up to deeply recessed doorway with painted margins; panelled door with glazed central panels; small- pane fanlight; single window at 1st floor above; blocking course raised at centre. Single windows set in recessed panels at ground in bays to outer left and right; single windows at 1st floor above. Single storey piend-roofed pavilion wings recessed to E and W; single window to E pavilion; modern sun lounge obscuring W pavilion.
N (REAR) ELEVATION: margin-pane glazing to stair window at centre. Single windows at ground and 1st floor in bays to outer left and right (replacement glazing pattern in window at ground to left). Replacement door and window to E pavilion; pitched roof addition with corniced gablehead stack to rear of W pavilion; flat-roofed addition in re-entrant angle.
S ELEVATION: pavilion at ground to left; blinded single window at 1st floor above. Single window at ground in bay to outer right; blinded window at 1st floor above. Round-arched window set in gablehead.
E ELEVATION: 2 single windows at 1st floor. Round-arched window set in gablehead. 12-pane sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; coped skews; coped gablehead stacks to E and W; moulded cans.
STEADING: (TO N OF HOUSE; CATTLE COURTS AT CENTRE) E RANGE: symmetrical E elevation; sloping site; rubble sandstone with droved ashlar dressings. Central cartshed (3 segmental cart-arches to E elevation; 4 to E elevation) with granary above; single storey bothy/grieve's house to N with segmental-arched panel now glazed. Implement stores flanking to S.
S RANGE: 2-storey former barn to W with former kiln to E. Most ground floor openings blocked; stone ventilators at 1st floor; kiln vent and box roof ventilators; gable walls of implement shed remaining to rear.
W RANGE: single storey range of former stables with cobbled area in front; small brick stack at NE corner. Later piend-roofed open implement and machinery stores adjoining at right angles to W and S end of range (roof in state of collapse). N return elevation corniced (answering that of E range) with blind segmental-arched opening and tablet.
CATTLE COURT: U-plan court to immediate S of farmhouse; single storey cattle sheds around covered courtyard; slate roofs to sheds now collapsed (1994); timber structure with corrugated-iron roof over court.
The positioning of the house close to the steading is typical of the earlier 19th century, although the location to the N is more unusual, possibly to exploit fine views to the city. The survival of a complete farmhouse and steading so close to the city centre is rare.
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