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Latitude: 55.9463 / 55°56'46"N
Longitude: -3.2034 / 3°12'12"W
OS Eastings: 324940
OS Northings: 673243
OS Grid: NT249732
Mapcode National: GBR 8LH.MW
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.RSRT
Entry Name: 17 and 19 Spittal Street and 2-6 (Even Nos) Grindlay Street
Listing Date: 29 March 2001
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395291
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47898
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
1872 (dated). 4-storey tenement, 4 bays to Spittal Street, 3 bays to Grindlay Street, with slightly recessed quadrant bay to corner. Coursed ashlar with polished dressings (painted to ground). Base course; dividing band between ground and 1st floors; cill course at 1st and 3rd floors; moulded eaves cornice. Pilastraded shops with stop-chamfered openings to ground floor. Windows in moulded architraves with bracketed cills to 1st and 2nd floors; bipartites to upper floors in outer left bay to Spittal Street, outer right to Grindlay Street. Small carved panels with date and initials at 2nd floor to Spittal Street and Grindlay Street elevations.
Predominantly 4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Corniced, rendered end and wallhead stacks, on moulded bases to wallhead.
The plan of this area more or less as built appears on Wood's 1820 map of Edinburgh. The Merchant Company had adopted William Burn's plan for the Grindlay family's Orchardfield estate in 1820. This building provides an important piece of townscape, articulating the approach to Thomas Hamilton's King's Bridge.
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