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4 and 5 Fishmarket Square

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9806 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.1951 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 325525

OS Northings: 677051

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.9L

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WYQ1

Entry Name: 4 and 5 Fishmarket Square

Listing Date: 17 October 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390272

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43694

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 by Ian Lindsay & Partners, circa 1970. 2-storey, 3-bay tenement forming part of terrace with public house set within ground floor; public house at No 4 linked internally to No 6 (see separate list entry). Harled and limewashed; rendered and painted ground floor. Stepped and painted base and string course; smooth concrete surrounds and ingoes (painted at ground floor); projecting cills. Piended 1st floor windows set in projecting bays break eaves.

E (FISHMARKET SQUARE) ELEVATION: 2-leaf timber boarded door in bay to outer left (No 4). Single windows to ground in bay to right and centre. Boarded timber door in penultimate bay to right (No 5); single window in bay to outer right. 2 single windows to 1st floor in bays to left of centre; single window to right set on string course.

W (WESTER CLOSE) ELEVATION: regularly fenestrated to both floors.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to both elevations. Machine-made red pantiled roof with grey slate easing course and slated piended 1st floor windows. Precast concrete skews; mutual ridge stack to S with precast concrete cope and circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 1-8 Fishmarket Square, Nos 40-42 Main Street and

Nos 1-8 Wester Close (see separate list entries). Plans by Ian Lindsay & Partners for the development and refurbishment of Fishmarket Square (1971) show the existence of a conical-roofed tower to the right of

No 5. Slightly taller than the adjacent roofline, the tower had single windows inserted to the N and S. The same plans indicate the original intention to regularise the facade by demolishing the piended 1st floor windows and creating a symmetrical, 3-bay elevation. Although the tower was demolished, the original windows remain in place - their irregularity adding to the vernacular feel of the whole square. Despite harsh detailing and standardisation throughout the Newhaven project, work here 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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