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Edinburgh, Castlehill School, 17 Johnston Terrace, Janitor's House

House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Castlehill School, 17 Johnston Terrace, Janitor's House

Classification House (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 235963

Site Number NT27SE 635.01

NGR NT 25405 73473

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


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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