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East Trinity Road, Railway Tunnel

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9761 / 55°58'33"N

Longitude: -3.2033 / 3°12'11"W

OS Eastings: 325005

OS Northings: 676554

OS Grid: NT250765

Mapcode National: GBR 8L5.M7

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.R1TZ

Entry Name: East Trinity Road, Railway Tunnel

Listing Date: 25 February 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394089

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46729

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Forth

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Grainger and Miller, circa 1840. Monumental tunnel, taking former Edinburgh, Granton and Leith railway line (now cycle track) under back gardens on W side of York Road and East Trinity Road. Horseshoe opening and tunnel. Rusticated coursed sandstone, radially treated in spandrels. Horseshoe opening to tunnel, flanked by battered pilasters, their entablatures continued as parapets above.

Statement of Interest

Grainger and Miller's plan shows the railway coming from Waverley (via the Scotland Street Tunnel), passing under the back gardens of Nos 3-9 York Road (then known as Tower Park Cottage, Trinity Villa and Myrtle Bank), and continuing directly to the Chain Pier, which was to be made into a harbour with dry dock, wet dock and break-water. In fact, after passing through the tunnel and under Lennox Row, the railway as built (for the Perth and Dundee Railway Company) curved round to Granton harbour, and the extensions to the Chain Pier were not built. An associated plan drawn up by George Angus shows the already existing houses in the path of, and immediately bordering the path of the proposed railway, and is annotated with 'deteriorations' in value to these houses. A plan of 1845 by Thomas Grainger shows a planned 'extension' running from the line of the railway to the Chain Pier.

Up-graded C(S) to B 17/10/01.

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