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Craiglockhart Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart, City of Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9193 / 55°55'9"N

Longitude: -3.2383 / 3°14'17"W

OS Eastings: 322707

OS Northings: 670274

OS Grid: NT227702

Mapcode National: GBR 8CT.KK

Mapcode Global: WH6SS.7H60

Entry Name: Craiglockhart Castle

Scheduled Date: 9 May 1935

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1198

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Edinburgh

County: City of Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart

Traditional County: Midlothian


Laid out by William Playfair, circa 1825; built gradually from 1820s to 1880s. 2-storey, rectangular-plan, plain mews houses around pentagonal cobbled courtyard; single storey to rear. Former carriage entrances to ground floor; some wallhead dormers and hayloft doors breaking eaves; projecting sills to plain windows. Squared and snecked coursed ashlar sandstone. Plain skews on gables and dividing walls.


S (COURTYARD) ELEVATION OF N RANGE, NOS 23 - 29: range of seven 2-storey mews houses comprising from left No 23: altered ground floor with door to left and 4 windows to right; paired piended dormer windows to 1st floor centre and right breaking through eaves. No 24: later door to left, adjacent pair of 2-leaf timber garage doors to right; window to central and right hand bays of 1st floor; rooflight to left. No 25: pair of semi-glazed garage doors to ground floor with later door to centre and bipartite window to right; small window to 1st floor left with square headed piended dormers breaking eaves to centre and right bays. No 26: central entrance door with timber garage doors to left and window to right; to 1st floor, square headed dormers breaking eaves to centre and right bays. No 27: central entrance door with window to left and paired garage doors to right; altered and heightened 1st floor with small window to left and much later bipartite window to right. No 28: concealed by shrubs, with door and windows flanking to ground floor; to 1st floor, pair of square headed piended dormers breaking eaves. No 29: small door with rectangular fanlight above, to centre and right 2½-leaf sliding garage door; window to 1st floor right, raised gable headed window to left formed from hayloft door.

SW (COURTYARD) ELEVATION OF NE RANGE (NOS 30 - 31): to left, No 30: entrance door and window to left bay, timber garage doors to right; to 1st floor, pair of stone gablehead dormers breaking eaves. To right, No 31: entrance door with long range of timber garage doors to right; to 1st floor, stone gabled dormer window breaking through eaves, small window to extreme right with wallhead stack adjacent to left.

NW (COURTYARD) ELEVATION OF SE RANGE (NOS 32 - 35): to left, No 32 and 33: 4-bay elevation; to ground floor, semi-glazed timber garage doors and window to outer left, timber and glazed door with letterbox fanlight to inner left, large window in partly blocked opening to inner right, timber boarded door with letterbox fanlight to outer right; to 1st floor, large window in altered opening to outer left, stone gabled dormer-headed windows breaking eaves. No 34: altered stable entrance to right now entrance door with bipartite window to right, window to central bay, modern garage door to left bay; 3 regularly placed windows to 1st floor, window at right formerly hayloft door. To right, No 35: pair of long semi-glazed garage doors; two irregularly placed windows to 1st floor; 2 rooflights.

NE (COURTYARD) ELEVATION OF SW RANGE (NOS 36 - 42): to left, No 36: slightly canted entrance bay with timber panelled door with 3-light fanlight to ground floor and gabled dormer headed window breaking eaves to 1st floor; further bay following line of main range to right with window to both storeys. No 37: to ground floor, timber boarded door with rectangular fanlight to centre, semi-glazed double doors to right, window to left; paired windows to 1st floor; rooflight to left. No 38-39: large pair of sliding timber doors to ground floor; pair of widely spaced replacement windows in probable former hayloft doors. No 42: altered ground floor with double timber doors to right, recessed bipartite window to centre and plain window to left; window to outer bays of 1st floor. To extreme right, Nos 40 and 41: former stabling now converted to 2 bipartite windows to ground floor; paired windows to 1st floor; further canted section to right with entrance door to left and semi-glazed 2-leaf timber garage doors to ground floor; window to 1st floor; large rooflight to right.


N ELEVATION OF N RANGE (REAR ELEVATIONS OF NOS 23 - 29): partially concealed by high rubble garden wall of Carlton Terrace but mostly blind with single storey lean-to extensions to ground floor replacing former passageway. Blind gable-end to right return with 3 much later square windows placed near top of ground floor.


SE ELEVATION OF SE RANGE (REAR ELEVATIONS OF NOS 32 - 35): blind return of SW range adjoining to left; 4 single storey elevations with central entrance door to 1st and 2nd mews buildings. Painted wrought-iron gate with pointed bars and plain wrought-iron uprights to entrance, leading to sloped path accessing rear of properties.

SW ELEVATION OF SW RANGE (REAR ELEVATIONS OF NOS 36 - 42): long single storey range divided into 5 sections; blind elevation to 5th section (to far right); 4-bay 4th section with long window to left and door with windows flanking to rest of elevation; door to left and window to right to 3rd section; to 2nd section, door to right with paired windows to left; to 1st section, canted arm adjoining to N with small window to 1st floor left and blind gable end to left return.

Variety of replacement glazing plans to principal elevations. Many Velux roof lights to rear elevations with some 2-pane cast-iron Carron lights still surviving in places. Pitched grey slate roofs with lead and replacement aluminium flashing and valleys. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods. Mutual coped stone stacks with plain paired cans surviving in places.

INTERIORS: many converted to provide modern garaging or workshop space at ground floor; living accommodation to 1st floor.

SHARED COBBLED COURTYARD AND LANE: properties surround cobbled courtyard with raised garden ground to centre. Cobbled lane divides these mews from Regent and Royal Terrace Mews (listed separately).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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