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Edinburgh, 354 Castlehill, Castlehill School

School (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, 354 Castlehill, Castlehill School

Classification School (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) 17 Johnston Terrace; Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

Canmore ID 111751

Site Number NT27SE 635

NGR NT 25408 73503

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

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

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 635.00 25408 73503

NT27SE 635.01 25405 73473 Janitor's House

NT27SE 318 25395 73505 Cannonball House (Castlehill School)


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (20 August 2002)

Medallion with high relief figures of a standing boy holding a book on the left, and a seated woman on the right.

Inspected By : D. King

Inscriptions : Below top windows (raised letters): CASTLEHILL SCHOOL

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : c1896

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0555)

Watching Brief (11 April 2018 - 22 October 2018)

Addyman Archaeology undertook a Watching Brief at Scotch Whisky Experience, Castlehill, adjacent to Edinburgh Castle esplanade during ground breaking works as part of a scheme to expand and enhance the building. The building is a former school and adjacent janitor’s house and is a Category B Listed Building. The monitoring included a series of trial pits as well as internal works and works to the western and southern courtyards.

The trial pits did not reveal any evidence for earlier deposits. The internal ground reduction revealed two walls, which pre-dated the school building. Examination of historic maps suggests that these may be the north-east corner of a building depicted on Edgar’s map of 1765, with the eastern boundary surviving as the close boundary by the time of the first edition Ordnance Survey map and the construction of Johnston Terrace.

Further monitoring undertaken in the western and southern courtyards revealed an east-west boundary in the western courtyard, as depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map; fragments of earlier masonry walls were also recorded in the southern courtyard.

Information from Antoine Ruchonnet (Addyman Archaeology) November 2018.OASIS ID: addymana1-334695


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