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Latitude: 55.9648 / 55°57'53"N
Longitude: -3.2041 / 3°12'14"W
OS Eastings: 324931
OS Northings: 675293
OS Grid: NT249752
Mapcode National: GBR 8L9.G9
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.RBFP
Entry Name: Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row, Head Gardener's Cottage at East Gate
Listing Date: 4 June 2003
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396794
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49215
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Inverleith
Traditional County: Midlothian
Circa 1840. 2-storey, cruciform-plan cottage with central advanced gables to N and S, porch with pointed-arch doorway to N, deep blocked eaves, and corniced octagonal stacks. Snecked sandstone rubble with ashlar to porch and window dressings. Base course. Long and short undressed quoins. Raised, chamfered window margins; stone canopies to first floor windows under gables; hoodmoulds to ground floor gable windows. Irregularly fenestrated.
N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: advanced central gabled porch; later 2-leaf timber boarded door in stop-chamfered pointed-arch opening; stone-mullioned bipartite window above with small canopy. Narrow windows at ground flanking porch.
S (GARDEN) ELEVATION: tripartite mullioned window at ground to centre; bipartite mullioned window above; canopied window at ground to right of gable; bipartite window above; non-traditional timber boarded back door to outer right.
E AND W (SIDE) ELEVATIONS: tripartite window at ground to E; bipartite window above; modern sliding door to W; canopied window above.
Non-traditional uPVC windows. Corniced octagonal stacks rising from square bases. Large graded grey slates
INTERIOR: not seen 2003, but the Facilities Manager said that all the original doors and fireplaces had been removed.
BOUNDARY WALL: coped, snecked rubble boundary wall to E.
A-Group with Inverleith House, 1858 Palm House and 1834 Palm Stove, Linnaeus Monument, 1967 Greenhouse, Caledonian Hall, East and West Gates, and the Laboratory and Lecture Hall Buildings at 20a Inverleith Row. The Royal Botanic Garden is included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes In Scotland, Site Number 216. Despite the plastic windows and messy re-pointing this is a delightful picturesque cottage, and occupies a prominent position behind the East Gate. When this cottage was built this part of the garden belonged to the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, which was quite separate from the Royal Botanic Garden. At that time the Botanic garden occupied only the NE corner of its present site, and the West half of the garden belonged to Inverleith House. It is unknown what this house was originally used for, but it is likely that it has always been a gardener's house. The style is similar to that of the Caledonian Hall, which was designed by David Cousin, and it is likely that this house was also by him.
The East Gate is listed separately.
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