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Military Prison, Edinburgh Castle

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9481 / 55°56'53"N

Longitude: -3.2005 / 3°12'1"W

OS Eastings: 325123

OS Northings: 673437

OS Grid: NT251734

Mapcode National: GBR 8MH.68

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.TR4G

Plus Code: 9C7RWQXX+6Q

Entry Name: Military Prison, Edinburgh Castle

Listing Name: Edinburgh Castle, Military Prison

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395619

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48222

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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1840-2, extended circa 1880. 2-storey rectangular-plan miniature model prison. Coursed ashlar with polished dressings. Crowstepped gables. Forestair giving access to upper level to N (see Notes). Block-pedimented door to E. Hood-moulded mullioned and transomed bipartite window to S.

INTERIOR: central galleried hall with single cells opening off ground floor and cast-iron stair leading to metal-bracketed balcony giving access to further single cells. Round-arched window at gallery level contained in semi-elliptical over-arch.

Statement of Interest

The A Group comprises Batteries, Foog's Gate, Gatehouse, Governor's House, Great Hall, Lang Stairs, Military Prison, National War Museum, New Barracks, Old Guardhouse, Palace Block, Portcullis Gate, St Margaret's Chapel, Scottish National War Memorial, Telephone Kiosks, United Services Museum and Vaults, all within Edinburgh Castle, and in the Care of Historic Scotland. Built for soldiers from the Castle garrison; closed in 1923, when the garrison was concentrated at Redford Barracks. Cells had a wooden bed and shelves, and were heated by a warm-air system. Rear wing, forestair and crowstep-gabled upper storey added 1880.

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