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Latitude: 55.9078 / 55°54'28"N
Longitude: -3.2577 / 3°15'27"W
OS Eastings: 321468
OS Northings: 669013
OS Grid: NT214690
Mapcode National: GBR 87Y.LQ
Mapcode Global: WH6SR.XRVW
Entry Name: 33 and 34 Spylaw Street
Listing Date: 19 November 2003
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 397130
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49569
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Colinton/Fairmilehead
Traditional County: Midlothian
Later 18th century with later alterations and additions. 2-storey, 3-bay house with gablehead stacks and additions to rear. Sandstone rubble with dressed margins and quoins. Timber panelled front door with plate glass fanlight to centre; regular fenestration in 3 bays; evidence of alterations to ground floor fenestration (see Notes).
N (REAR) ELEVATION: single-storey and attic, gabled outshot to left; random rubble; irregularly fenestrated; dormers breaking eaves. 2-storey, flat-roofed scullery outshot to centre; brick and timber at ground, corrugated iron at 1st floor; irregularly fenestrated; cast-iron steps leading to 1st floor.
4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows at 1st floor to front and some windows at rear; small-pane glazing in non-traditional timber windows to front at ground. Coped stacks with plain cornice; clay can to left-hand stack. Small graded grey slates.
From map evidence it seems that the ground floor of this house dates from the 18th century, which makes it one of the oldest surviving buildings in Colinton. By looking at the stonework it is apparent that the upper floor is a later addition, and was probably built in the nineteenth century. Numerous other alterations have also been made. The 1914 Dean of Guild plans are particularly interesting. The room to the right of the front door was a shop with its own door (now blocked up, but still clearly visible between the front door and right-hand window). The gabled outshot to the rear was the shop storeroom. A staircase stood at the back of the house, but this was removed, thereby turning the house into flats. The upper floor was reached by a cast-iron staircase which led to a new scullery, built in corrugated iron over the existing scullery outshot.
Spylaw Street is one of the main streets of old Colinton village. Although few of the buildings are of exceptional architectural merit, together they form a very picturesque group, which gives this part of Colinton its distinctly unique and village-like character. This traditional house is of significant value to streetscape.
Formerly called Ivy Cottage.
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