Edinburgh, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 Princes Street, Jenners

Department Store

Site Name Edinburgh, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 Princes Street, Jenners

Classification Department Store

Alternative Name(s) 47 - 52 Princes Street; Stanley Ltd; Jenners Store; Rose Street; South St David Street

Canmore ID 115649

Site Number NT27SE 1199

NGR NT 25531 73986

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Treasured Places - HLF funded (4 July 2007)

In 1838 Jenners Department store began operating on its present location in Princes Street. A fire in 1892 destroyed the first buildings and a new, fireproofed, structure opened in 1895. Technical innovations in the new building included electric lighting and hydraulic lifts. The centrepiece of the store is a large, top-lit gallery.

Information from RCAHMS (SC) 4 July 2007

Miller, R D 1995

Gifford, J, McWilliam, C and Walker, D 1984

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Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 1199 25531 73986

For associated repository (140 Balgreen Road: NT 21883 72451), see NT27SW 2690.00.

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: William Hamilton Beattie 1895

James B Dunn

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Company established in Princes Street from 1838; original building destroyed by fire 1892.

Extensive stonework repair to current building carried out by the Michael Laird Partnership 1995-7 (cost 2.5m).

RIAS 1998.

An unsigned sketch (EDD 173/1) shows various details that were not executed, including a dome over the water tower above the corner of the building. Presumably this is a preliminary sketch prepared in the months after the fire of November 1892.

Information from Mr Wilson Black (former Master of Works, Jenners), 2009.

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