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4 and 5 Wester Close

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9807 / 55°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.1953 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 325515

OS Northings: 677055

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.8L

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.WYM0

Entry Name: 4 and 5 Wester Close

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390334

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43728

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, 4-bay vernacular-style block forming part of terrace; rectangular-plan; symmetrical arrangement. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; exterior stair with timber railings to 1st floor. 2-leaf timber boarded doors to entries.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2 timber doors to ground floor in central bay set within stair recess (No 4); storage door facing N beneath stair. Stairs to 1st floor entry (No 5) aligned above. Single windows to both floors in bays to outer left and right.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Machine-made red pantiled roof with grey slate easing course and raised skews; harled apex stack to N; precast concrete cope and circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 1-3 and 6-8 Wester Close (see separate list entries). One of many properties refurbished by Ian Lindsay & Partners during the 1970s, both Nos 4 and 5 display characteristics common to all - standard detailing to the stair railing; harled and limewashed facades, red pantiles, precast concrete copes and new timber sash and case windows. Note throughout, the attempt to retain the Scottish fishing village vernacular with exterior stairs, modest facades and simple proportions. Compare with Cross Wynd, Falkland or St Moran?s, Fife - both of which were recorded by Lindsay. Despite harsh detailing and element of standardisation, work here should 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. Previously Nos 5, 6 and 7 Wester Close, listed with "Barney Battles" - now No 2 Pier Place (see separate list entry).

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