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General view of Bible Land, 185-187 Canongate, Edinburgh, from SW.

DP 190121

Description General view of Bible Land, 185-187 Canongate, Edinburgh, from SW.

Date 27/5/2014

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number DP 190121

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content This shows the restored front elevation of Bible Land, 185-7 Canongate, Edinburgh. This 17th-century tenement, dated 1677, was built for the Incorporation of Cordiners (shoemakers) and subsequently restored in 1956 by Robert Hurd & Partners as part of their wider Canongate improvement scheme. The restoration of this four-storeyed-plus-attic, five-bayed block has retained the traditional features of the tenement, including the rusticated rubble stonework, timber-framed multi-paned sash and case windows and a pedimented panel above the timber door accessing the upper floors. This panel bears the shoemakers' knife with flanking cherubs above an open book which is inscribed with a quote from Psalm 133: 'Behold how good a thing it is and how becoming well, Together such as brethren are in unity to dwell' . There is an interesting ogee-capped dome above the stairway bay. Robert Hurd & Partners also restored several blocks on the Canongate during the `1950s and 1960s, including 238-48 Canongate in 1955 (238-44) and 1963-4 (246 and 248) as part of a wider improvement scheme for the Chessel's Court and Canongate area.

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