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Latitude: 55.9479 / 55°56'52"N
Longitude: -3.2108 / 3°12'38"W
OS Eastings: 324482
OS Northings: 673424
OS Grid: NT244734
Mapcode National: GBR 8KH.3B
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.NR8M
Plus Code: 9C7RWQXQ+5M
Entry Name: 5 Canning Street Lane, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 1-11 (Inclusive Nos) Canning Street Lane and 2 Canning Street, Atholl House
Listing Date: 27 October 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393854
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46521
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
Later and late 19th century; later additions and alterations. 3-storey and basement, 6-bay late 19th century Atholl House adjoining later 19th century predominantly 2-storey, 26-bay mews block. Squared and snecked stugged sandstone with droved long and short surrounds. Long and short quoins; diving band course at ground floor of Canning Street elevation; majority of basement windows barred.
NE (CANNING STREET) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; half-sunken windows to each bay of basement, some infilled; corniced, architraved former doorway to penultimate bay to right, now glazed; regular fenestration to remainder of ground floor and to upper floors; deeply chamfered angle to outer right with broad doorway to ground floor, bipartite windows to 1st and 2nd floors above.
SE (CANNING STREET LANE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 3-storey and basement 4-bay block to outer right: barred windows to basement, recessed door to doorway to ground floor at left, surmounted by small 2-pane window; regular fenestration to remaining bays of all floors. 4 gabled bays adjoining to left: modern garages, doorway and pair of louvred windows to ground floor; irregular fenestration to 1st floor; blind tablets set in gableheads; carved stone finials. 3-storey originally gabled block adjoining to left, irregular doorways and fenestration; remaining bays to left gabled (except penultimate bay to left) with doorways and garage openings irregularly disposed at ground floor, windows to 1st floor above, blind tablets set in gableheads, carved stone finials; bay to outer left advanced, gablehead tablet carved with 'AH', gablehead stack.
SW ELEVATION: obscured by adjoining buildings.
NW (ATHOLL CRESCENT LANE) ELEVATIONS: 3-storey and basement near-symmetrical block to outer left; deeply chamfered angle with doorway to Atholl House (see above); 3 regularly fenestrated bays at left; window at central bay to ground floor infilled, with half-sunken infilled opening beneath; doorway to ground floor to right of central bay; narrow light to outer right, 3rd floor. 2-storey, 5-bay block adjoining to right, recessed doors with fanlights to ground floor at left, with narrow light between; louvred windows to 2 bays to right; small light to outer left, single windows to 2 bays to left, wide casement windows to 2 bays to right at 1st floor. Doorway and irregular fenestration to 2 gabled bays adjoining to right. Irregular fenestration to 3-storey, 6-bay, flat-roofed, originally gabled, block adjoining to right; remaining bays to right, except penultimate bay to right, gabled with irregular fenestration and doorways.
Variety of predominantly timber-framed windows. Grey slate roofs, piended to Atholl House, with lead ridges. Coped stone skews. Coped gablehead and wallhead stacks to Atholl House and Atholl Crescent Lane elevations, some shouldered, with predominantly octagonal moulded cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIORS: not seen 1999.
Part of the Edinburgh New Town A-Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. 1-11 Canning Street Lane was originally built as coach houses to Atholl Crescent and later converted (only Nos 1-4 are recognisable from the 1877 OS Map). The impressive repeated gable design unifies the crescent. The slightly later 2 Canning Street, Atholl House, appears to have originally been built as a tenement and subsequently adapted to official use. Its design is related to that of nearby earlier terraces such as Rutland Square (see separate listings).
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