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Edinburgh, 18, 20, 22, 24 Grassmarket, The Beehive Inn

Hotel (Period Unassigned), Inn (Period Unassigned), Public House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, 18, 20, 22, 24 Grassmarket, The Beehive Inn

Classification Hotel (Period Unassigned), Inn (Period Unassigned), Public House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) The Beehive Hotel

Canmore ID 111845

Site Number NT27SE 644

NGR NT 25335 73363

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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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


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 (30 July 1999)

Stone beehive in high relief. Inn sign.

Inscriptions : None

Signatures : None

Design period : 1868

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0134)

Archaeological Evaluation (12 February 2007 - 22 February 2007)

NT 2533 7336 An archaeological evaluation and historic building recording were undertaken between 12-22 February 2007 in advance of modifications to a beer garden to the rear of the Beehive Inn. An initial desk-based assessment identified the former presence of post-medieval buildings and associated yard areas in the area of the proposed works. Previous archaeological works in the vicinity of the site had uncovered the remains of

medieval deposits. The excavation of two test pits established the presence of a cobbled surface above natural clay. The E of the area contained building rubble and modern debris above the slighted remains of previous buildings. A subsequent visit confirmed the continuation of the cobbled surface beneath the

building rubble and the presence of a modern wall above the cobbles. The current eastern boundary wall of the site appears to have formed the eastern extent of the identified building remains. The cobbled surface has been preserved in the development. A photographic record of the rear of the Beehive Inn was also


Archive to be deposited with RCAHMS. Report deposited with City of Edinburgh Council SMR and RCAHMS.

Funder: the Spirit Group.


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