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Latitude: 55.9466 / 55°56'47"N
Longitude: -3.2045 / 3°12'16"W
OS Eastings: 324874
OS Northings: 673276
OS Grid: NT248732
Mapcode National: GBR 8LH.DS
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.RS8M
Plus Code: 9C7RWQWW+M6
Entry Name: 20-26 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 20-30 (Even Numbers) Grindlay Street, Edinburgh
Listing Date: 29 March 2001
Last Amended: 17 July 2015
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 405467
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47880
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
Drill Hall for the Midlothian Artillery Regiment constructed to the rear of the tenements (now in use as a restaurant, 2015).
Part of Grindlay's Orchardfield estate, laid out for the Merchant Company by William Burn in 1820. A rare tenement design by Kinnear.
Grindlay Street was developed from the 1860s on the area of the Orchardfield Estate to the layout of William Burn's plan of 1820. In the first half of the nineteenth century, industrial development in the west of Edinburgh and continuing residential expansion of the New Town northwards had delayed development in the area. Following the construction of the canal and the railway, tenemental development began again in the 1860s during a period of significant residential expansion in the City. Tenement nos 20-30 and the drill hall to the rear appear on the Ordnance Survey Town Plan of Edinburgh, Surveyed 1877.
Architect Charles George Hood Kinnear (1830-1894) practised as a partner in the foremost firm of Peddie and Kinnear from 1853. Kinnear joined the Volunteer Force of the First Midlothian County (Midlothian Coast) Artillery Volunteer Brigade in 1859.
The Volunteer Force was a part-time citizen army of artillery and engineer corps formed in Britain in 1859. Drill halls were constructed for these forces as centres for training which often had an expressly social as well as military function.
Kinnear, who rose to Senior Major in the force, designed the building of the regimental headquarters drill hall in Grindlay Street and was also one of three officers who financed the building.
Listed building record and statutory address updated (2015). Previously listed as '20-30 (even nos) Grindlay Street'.
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