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Latitude: 55.9483 / 55°56'53"N
Longitude: -3.2302 / 3°13'48"W
OS Eastings: 323268
OS Northings: 673489
OS Grid: NT232734
Mapcode National: GBR 8FH.56
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.CR1B
Entry Name: 12 Wester Coates Gardens, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 18 September 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396437
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48919
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
John Watherston and Sons, 1906. 2-storey (3-storey at rear) Jacobean L-plan villa. Squared and snecked sandstone rubble with polished dressings. Moulded band course between ground and 1st floors; skews and skew-putts to gables; mullions and transoms to some windows.
S (FRONT) ELEVATION: advanced, gabled bay at right with single storey canted bay at ground with raised moulded parapet; quadripartite window above, with relieving arch; panelled timber door with bipartite fanlight to centre at ground; gabled dormer to tripartite window at 1st floor above; bipartite window to ground at left of door; widely spaced windows to gabled bay at left, to either side of chimney-breast (both floors); gablehead stack; principally bipartite windows to W (side) elevation, arranged irregularly; recessed door to ground of gabled bay towards right, with mullioned and transomed 6-light window above; wallhead stack at centre; 2-storey canted bay with parapet to right of E (side) elevation.
Leaded windows. Grey slate roof; tall, coped wallhead and gablehead stacks; painted cast-iron rainwater goods.
GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: coped, squared and snecked boundary wall with coursed, corniced gate piers with large acorn finials.
Neo-Jacobean by John Watherston and Sons of 29 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. Nos 7-9, across the road, represent a similar example, though more affected by later additions and alterations. Wester Coates Garden was a final phase in the development of the Wester Coates estate by Heriot's Trust. The villa development had begun in the 1850s, under the supervision of Alexander Black. Other surveyors responsible for the area were John Chesser and Donald A Gow. The houses in the area are representative of the stylistic changes that occurred over the 50 years that the area was developed.
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