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Edinburgh, 195 - 197 Canongate, Shoemakers' Land

Hall (17th Century), Tenement (17th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 195 - 197 Canongate, Shoemakers' Land

Classification Hall (17th Century), Tenement (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Bible Land; Shoemakers' Hall; 213-217 Canongate; 215 Canongate

Canmore ID 52516

Site Number NT27SE 52

NGR NT 26333 73759

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 52 2633 7375.

Shoemaker's Hall (AD. 1667) An old house four stories high in which the shoemakers used to hold their meetings. Over the entrance door is the shoemakers arms cut in stone and the figures 1667 inscribed. Situate on the north side of Canongate.

Name Book 1852.

Shoemakers Lands. Bought in 1677 by the Guild of Cordwainers of the Canongate.

J H Cockburn 1936.

Shoemakers' Land. The hall of the Incorporation of Cordiners was e rected in 1682. Reconstructed in 1725. Totally demolished in 1882...An L-shaped doubl e tenement called the "Bible Land" was built by this Incorporation in 1677. (187-197 Canongate)

RCAHMS 1951.

(NT 2633 7375) A plain unpretentious building now being renovated by the City Authorities.

Visited by OS (J D) 26 December 1953.

Still known as Shoemakers' Hall. Only the frontage is original.

Visited by OS 8 February 1953; Information from R F Landon, City Architect's office.

As described in previous information

Visited by OS (S F S) 2 December 1975.

Architecture Notes

Shoemarkers' or Bible Land. Large five-storeyed tenement with two gables facing the street and closely-spaced windows. Turnpike stair near centre of the front ends and an ogee roof.


City Architect's Collection

Photostat of drawing of Bible, Morocco and Shoemaker's Lands as in 1677 by A A MacCulloch 1943


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (20 December 2000)

Two-tone metal cut-out of coffee pot (the body in beaten (?) brass, the spout and handle in steel). Supported on a metal bracket from which hangs a painted sign. Makes a pair with pot and ladle sign next door.

Inspected By : D.King

Inscriptions : Sign underneath (painted green letters) reads: THE / FUDGE HOUSE / OF / EDINBURGH

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : c1997

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0538)

Field Visit (13 December 2000)

Inset rectangular panel with cordiners' emblem of a rounding-knife below a crown, carved in relief. Date in top corners either side of shallow arch.

Crown and shoemakers' rounding-knife are cordiners' emblem.

Inspected By : K M W / D. King

Inscriptions : In top corners of panel: 17 and 25

Either side of and below rounding-knife (incised gilded letters): Blessed is he / that do / the poor man's / case consider

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : c1725

Year of unveiling : 1882

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0541)


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