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1 and 5 Main Street, Balerno, Dean Park Primary School Annexe

A Category C Listed Building in Pentland Hills, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8846 / 55°53'4"N

Longitude: -3.3395 / 3°20'22"W

OS Eastings: 316305

OS Northings: 666530

OS Grid: NT163665

Mapcode National: GBR 503D.SC

Mapcode Global: WH6SX.NCY3

Entry Name: 1 and 5 Main Street, Balerno, Dean Park Primary School Annexe

Listing Date: 6 July 2004

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397577

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49896

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Pentland Hills

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Wardrop and Reid, 1877-8, with later alterations and additions. Single storey L-plan gabled primary school building with lower staff-room wing to NW; slated, louvered and spired bell-cote to centre; flat-roofed, library extension (1956) to SW and toilet block (1962) to E. Small piend-roofed building (now nursery, formerly working men's club and reading room, then dinner hall and kitchen) to E. Red brick with yellow brick quoins and reveals. Barge-boarded and bracketed eaves. Segmental-arched openings. Tripartite windows to main gables. 2-leaf timber door with small-pane glazed fanlight in crenellated porch (girls entrance) in re-entrant angle.

INTERIOR: top-lit hall to centre with balustered king-posts to roof and glazed sliding partition to N classroom. Adjoining classrooms with small-pane glazed fanlights giving borrowed light. Original timber tongue and groove panelling and built-in glazed cupboards and other furniture. Decorative cast iron ventilators.

6-pane upper, 4-pane lower sashes to timber sash and case windows. Roof recently re-slated, with modern roof-lights.

Statement of Interest

An early Board School, built as a consequence of the 1872 Education Act. The 2nd edition OS map shows the building, which was originally a single classroom and schoolroom, without the wing to SW. The school was extended on at least 3 occasions between 1880 and 1914, eventually comprising hall, 6 classrooms, head teacher's and staff rooms, united by consistency of style and detailing. The building forms an important part of the streetscape of Balerno Village, with the spired bell-cote the focal point of the view north from the village Main Street. The well detailed adjoining School Master's house, also by Wardrop and Reid, is separately listed.

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