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6 Fishmarket Square and 1 Pier Place

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9807 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.195 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 325528

OS Northings: 677062

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.9K

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WXQZ

Entry Name: 6 Fishmarket Square and 1 Pier Place

Listing Date: 17 October 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390273

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43695

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. 3-storey, 4-bay a-symmetrical tenement forming end of terrace with crow-stepped gable end to Pier Place. Public house at ground. Harled and limewashed; painted ground floor. Stepped base course; painted string course; smooth concrete surrounds to openings; margins slightly raised. Corbelled out to 2nd floor; piend-roofed 2nd floor windows breaking eaves.

E (FISHMARKET SQUARE) ELEVATION: ground floor entrance in central bay; single windows in remaining bays to left. Small single window aligned above doorway; regularly fenestrated to 1st and 2nd floors in 2 bays to left and single bay to right of centre.

N (PIER PLACE) ELEVATION: 3-storey, 3-bay with additional crow-stepped forestair in bay to outer right. 2-leaf timber boarded door with 4-pane fanlight above (No 1). Single windows to ground in all bays to left; regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floors above.

W (WESTER CLOSE) ELEVATION: a-symmetrical disposition of windows to 1st and 2nd floors; blind to ground.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to all elevations. Grey slate roof with precast concrete skews; beak skewputts; corniced stack to S; coped stack to N with 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 original intention was to demolish the existing building above and including the 2nd floor (this was never carried out). The line and form of Wester Close and Fishmarket Square was then to be continued with a 2-storey block, exterior stairs and red pantiles. Nevertheless, with its grey slate roof and prominent crow-stepped 2nd storey, the building still plays a significant role in the square and is homogenous within it. Despite harsh detailing and element of standardisation (note the skews and concrete copes), work here and throughout Newhaven 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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