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Latitude: 55.9484 / 55°56'54"N
Longitude: -3.2227 / 3°13'21"W
OS Eastings: 323736
OS Northings: 673489
OS Grid: NT237734
Mapcode National: GBR 8GH.P5
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.GRL8
Entry Name: 1-7 (Inclusive Nos) Magdala Mews
Listing Date: 18 September 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396370
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48893
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
John Chesser, 1869-1879. 2-storey mews houses round courtyard. Squared and snecked rubble. Raised cills to windows.
SW (Nos 1-2) ELEVATION: pair of entrance door in 1st bay to right (No 1); small window above; 3 timber garage doors in 2nd, 3rd and 4th bays; bipartite windows above (stone mullions to windows in 2nd and 4th bays); converted garage with timber and glazing doors in 5th bay; bipartite window with stone mullion above; single door with 3-pane over-light in end bay at left (No 2); very small window above; attic lights.
NW (No 3) ELEVATION: door with 3-pane overlight in right bay; 2 garage doors adjacent; bipartites above; very small window above door; attic light.
NE (Nos 4-5) ELEVATION: garage door in right bay; 2 single windows above; door in 2nd bay with 4-pane over-light (No 4); timber garage doors in 3rd and 4th bays; 2 single windows above; door in 5th bay with 4-pane overlight (No 5); single window in 6th bay at ground and 1st floor; garage door in left bay with single light above; attic lights to No 4.
E (Nos 6-7) ELEVATION: garage door in right bay with single window above; single windows in 2nd bay; door with overlight in 3rd bay (No 6); garage door in 4th bay with 2 single windows above; door with overlight and flanking window in 5th bay (No 7a); 2 single windows above; garage door in 6th bay; bipartite window with stone mullion above; door in left bay with 3-pane overlight(No 7); single window above.
Variety of glazing patterns. Grey slate roof; straight skews at dividing walls; mutual coped stacks.
Part of New Town A-Group. John Chesser was the Superintendent of Works to George Heriot's Hospital between 1858 and 1889. During his term of office large quantities of Heriot's land were feued, including land in the W of Edinburgh. Chesser was responsible for preparing ground and elevation plans for the new buildings. Opulent interiors were designed for many of the main houses. Magdala Crescent and Mews were begun the year after the British Empire captured the capital of Abyssinia, Magdala, hence their name. Magdala Mews is behind houses on Douglas Crescent, Eglinton Crescent and Magdala Crescent.
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