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Edinburgh, 5 New Street, School

Office (20th Century), School (20th Century), Workshop (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 5 New Street, School

Classification Office (20th Century), School (20th Century), Workshop (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) East Market Street; Former Infant School

Canmore ID 239147

Site Number NT27SE 5139

NGR NT 26235 73772

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

Summary Record (16 February 2012)

Designed by Robert Wilson, architect for Edinburgh School Board c.1900-1. Two storey former school building with Queen Anne details, since the early 1980's the building was largely subdivided and given over to small business units.


Site Management (21 June 2008)

2-storey former school building with Queen Anne detailing, shaped gables and square-plan bellcote with columns supporting slated, swept roof and gilded cockerel weathervane. Coursed bull-faced sandstone with red sandstone dressings. Base course; eaves cornice. Long and short quoins; raised margins; tabbed surrounds. Built on sloping site, ground made up at N with coped, random coursed bull-faced sandstone retaining wall below playground level (iron railings over); windows to East Market Street containing series of offices and workshops.

Built by Robert Wilson, architect for Edinburgh School Board, as North Canongate Infant School. The building became a school of building in 1943, offices in 1968 and the Canongate Venture, housing a variety of small businesses and workshops, in 1981. The central galleried hall remains virtually unchanged and is a good, typical example of Board School design of the period. (Historic Scotland)


Photographic Survey (18 November 2008 - 25 November 2008)

Photographed by the Threatened Buildings Survey prior to possible demolition as part of the Caltongate redevelopment mooted in 2008.

Building still standing as of Feb. 2012.



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