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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


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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.


Standing Building Recording (12 April 2018)

AOC Archaeology Group was commissioned by Redpath Construction to undertake an historic building record of a former Canongate Venture building located at 5 New Street, Edinburgh prior to its renovation for new development on the site. The Canongate Venture building was so named in the early 1980s when the building was converted for use as workrooms for a number of businesses. It was originally built in 1901 as the North Canongate Infant School, designed by Robert Wilson, the then chief architect for the Edinburgh School Board, although J A Carfrae also had an input into the designs. Traditionally Classical in style, the building has some Queen Anne detailing in the shaped gables to the north and south elevations, the former dominating the streetscape at East Market Street. The school was a new build constructed directly over a smaller school which had been converted from an original church dating to the early 19th century. Given its central location a stones-throw from the Canongate, the area on which the school stands has been occupied since the medieval period as backlands to the properties on the Canongate itself, although by at least the early 18th century buildings have occupied the site.

Information from Diana Sproat (AOC Archaeology Group) 12 April 2018.OASIS ID: aocarcha1-315453


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