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Edinburgh, Henry Robb's Shipbuilding Yard, Paint Shed

Shed (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Henry Robb's Shipbuilding Yard, Paint Shed

Classification Shed (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Robb Caledon; Leith Docks

Canmore ID 236923

Site Number NT27NE 126.01

NGR NT 26724 76990

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

Archaeology Notes

NT27NE 126.01 26724 76990

Previously entered as NT27NE 57.12.

This building is situated within the area of Leith Docks (NT27NE 57.00). It is depicted, but not noted, on OS 1:1250 map sheets of 1971 and 1974.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 13 June 2006.


Archaeological Evaluation (11 May 2016 - 13 May 2016)

NT 26702 76960 (centred on) An evaluation was undertaken, 11–13 May 2016, in advance of proposed development work. The machine excavated trenches covered an area of 500m² and were located to investigate the survival of any structural remains associated with the former Albert Docks.

The area was split E/W by an existing service road. To the N of the road the area had been subject to extensive demolition. However, substantial modern structural remains survived at a depth of 0.5m below ground level (BGL). To the S of the road in the area of the former dry docks, the ground level had been increased by 1.50–1.75m. The evaluation recorded the truncated remains of a substantial sandstone wall and a set of ‘frogged’ bricks at 3.0m BGL. Several modern features were also recorded at 1.5–2.2m BGL, including several tarmac road surfaces and concrete floors.

Archive: NRHE

Funder: Cala Homes Ltd (East)

Rob Engl – AOC Archaeology Group

(Source: DES, Volume 17)


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