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Edinburgh, 21 St John's Street, St John's Priory

Priory (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 21 St John's Street, St John's Priory

Classification Priory (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Chancery Of The Order Of St John In Scotland

Canmore ID 52188

Site Number NT27SE 169

NGR NT 26319 73692

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 169 26319 73692

(NT 263 737) Survey work during ongoing repairs, following an initial assessment, revealed this ostensibly 18th-century building to have considerably earlier origins, probably of the 16th century. Much of the earlier facade arrangement survived, displaying various openings detailed with chamfered arises and indicating a two-storeyed structure (subsequently raised to three), and parts of an earlier three-storeyed structure that had formerly existed to the S. Reused, possibly medieval, ecclesiastical fragments of carved stone were seen embedded within the 18th-century fabric.

The existing S gable wall was stripped of a skin of modern masonry to reveal evidence that it had formed a cross wall within the 18th-century structure; internal arrangements for the lost rooms to the S were recorded.

A general drawn survey was made of the exterior elevations to the E, S and W in addition to the analytical assessment.

Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.

Sponsor: Priory of the Order of St John.

T Addyman 2003

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 169 26319 73692

NT 2632 7369 Architectural assessment during stabilisation works revealed that this property contained substantial elements of a 16th or 17th-century back tenement property. There had been five phases of subsequent alteration, most notably around the time of the laying out of St John Street in the later 18th century when a classically proportioned frontage was formed. This phase also included the addition of an upper storey, the existing roof structure, and many of the surviving internal features.

Sponsor: Priory of the Order of St John.

T Addyman 2001

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