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Edinburgh, 54 George Street, Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, 54 George Street, Assembly Rooms

Classification Assembly Rooms (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) 53a Rose Street; Assembly Rooms And Music Hall

Canmore ID 52434

Site Number NT27SE 388

NGR NT 25248 73959

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

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 388 25248 73959



Account of their erection given in typewritten M.S. "History of Assembly Rooms" 1781-1926. Refusal by Record Office of site. offer by Town Council of site accepted.

Architect: John Henderson followed by david Henderson.



Proposed New Assembly Rooms in George Street

Minutes of the meetings of subscribers.

They concern the acceptance of Plans by John Henderson, Architect (D.1786) and the problem of execution for the amount estimated. Andrew Long appointed as mason and William Wright as carpenter.


GD110/1201 (Cross reference GD15/798)

One of printed copied sent to subscribers (Hamilton-Dalrymple of N. Berwick)

Edinburgh. Proposal to build new Assembly Rooms.

Letter from Lord Graham to David Erskine CS

He asks David Erskine to pay his subscription of 60 guineas to wards teh cost of the undertaking


GD 220/6/1575/14

State of Accounts of the New Assembly Rooms.

The arbiters have now ascertained the sum to be paid to the creditors of Messers Henderson, Architects and are therefore able to lay a correct statement of debt before the Proprietors.





Watching Brief (12 January 2011 - 10 January 2012)

Level 1-2 building recording work and a watching brief was carried out by CFA Archaeology Ltd between January 2011 and January 2012 at the Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh (NGR NT 25248 73959). The main elements included a pre-alteration photographic survey, undertaking building recording work in specific areas of the Assembly Rooms before and after down-taking work and carrying out a series of watching briefs. The main area of recording work was undertaken in the Music Hall and concentrated on the stage which was recorded in detail. The floor of the Music Hall was recorded prior to alteration along with the under gallery ceiling and walls fronting the stage. The most significant find was a bi-partite window and main entrance that was part of an earlier late 18th century phase. The watching brief recorded a series of drains and culverts both within the interior and exterior of the Assembly Rooms.

CFA Archaeology 2012 (M. Cressey) OASIS ID: cfaarcha1-166533


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