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Lord Cockburn's Bath, Bonaly Tower, 65 Bonaly Road, Edinburgh

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.8943 / 55°53'39"N

Longitude: -3.2613 / 3°15'40"W

OS Eastings: 321216

OS Northings: 667515

OS Grid: NT212675

Mapcode National: GBR 50N8.QX

Mapcode Global: WH6SY.W35P

Plus Code: 9C7RVPVQ+PF

Entry Name: Lord Cockburn's Bath, Bonaly Tower, 65 Bonaly Road, Edinburgh

Listing Name: 71 Bonaly Road, Lord Cockburn's Bath and "Ruined Chapel"

Listing Date: 19 November 2003

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397103

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49549

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Colinton/Fairmilehead

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Earlier 19th century. Oval-shaped open bath of dressed and undressed sandstone with associated weir and waterfall. Roughly circular "Ruined Chapel" with low enclosing walls and higher wall to apse. Originally in gardens of Bonaly Tower (now in grounds of Boy Scout camp).

BATH: oval pool built into sloping ground with flat coping at rim. Fed from the Dean Burn with small weir upstream and valve mechanism controling the outflow. The burn flows in a channel around the side of the bath, with a waterfall below it.

"RUINED CHAPEL": paved circular area enclosed by low wall or "foundations". Slightly higher wall with decorative masonry at S end. Mid 20th century stone altar. The virtues expected of Boy Scouts are inscribed on stone plinths flanking apse.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Bonaly Tower and Garden. Bonaly Tower was requisitioned during the 2nd World War, and subsequently given to the Scouts Association. The tower and most of the ornamental garden was sold, but the Scouts Association kept the Southern half of the property, including part of the garden. It is here that the bath and "ruined chapel" are located. The bath is of particular interest, as it is both well-preserved and unusual. Such open-air plunge pools are more commonly associated with the Edwardian period. It is fed by the Dean Burn, which originates about a mile away, in the Pentlands. The chapel is a folly: no ecclesiastical structure ever stood here. The altar and inscriptions are later additions by the Scouts Association. Much of the original planting survives in this part of the garden. The modern buildings which form the Scout camp are not included in this list.

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