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Edinburgh, 240 Canongate, Chessel's Court, General

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Site Name Edinburgh, 240 Canongate, Chessel's Court, General

Classification General View

Alternative Name(s) 234, 238 - 244 Canongate; Chessel's Buildings; Perry's Close; Pirrie's Close; Chessel Court Redevelopment

Canmore ID 52363

Site Number NT27SE 334

NGR NT 26243 73674

NGR Description Centred NT 26246 73674

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

NT27SE 334.00 26246 736474

NT27SE 334.01 2625 7363 Chessel's Court, St Saviour's Child Garden

NT27SE 334.02 26251 73647 3, 4, 5, 6 Chessel's Court, South Block

See also

NT27SE 335 26217 73670 1 Chessel's Court, West Block

NT27SE 5485 26222 73657 2 Chessel's Court, West Block

NT27SE 338 26225 73699 238-244 Canongate, Chessel's Court, Front Block


Publication Account (1997)

The culmination of a distinguished series of Royal Mile slum redevelopment/improvement schemes by Hurd. lanned and executed in three stages, the project contains a mixture of preserved tenement blocks and new infill, with a front range to the Canongate and rear wings framing Chessel's Buildings (a tenement block of c.1745) at the rear. It is unified by coloured harling and self-consciously Traditionalist features, such as arcasing, in a simplified Lorimerian style. This formula, which developes 'conservsative surgery' ideas first enunicated by Sydney Mitchell and Patrick Geddes at the turn of the century, was paralelled in the contemporary reconstruction of bombed German historic cities, such as Münster and Nüremberg. (Fig. 4.17).

Information from 'Rebuilding Scotland: The Post-War Vision, 1945-75', (1997).


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