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Edinburgh, Leith Street, General

Shop(S) (Period Unassigned), Tenement(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Leith Street, General

Classification Shop(S) (Period Unassigned), Tenement(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Catherine Street

Canmore ID 84042

Site Number NT27SE 570

NGR NT 2599 7412

NGR Description From NT 2588 7405 to NT 2599 7422

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 570 2595 7413

Only the S side of Leith Street survives, the N side was demolshed in 1969 to make way for the King James Hotel whose facade line is set slightly further to the N than that of the original street. The N side of Leith Street included an elevated walkway with a second tier of shops.

Information from RCAHMS (DE) 29 June 1995

Architecture Notes


Sources: Dean of Guild Bundle 1811 4.7.1811

Pet. John Bonnar, spirit dealer

Leith Street. Shop previously built by Samuel Wordsworth, stabler

Plan and elevation encl. Signed William Bryce.

Sources: Dean of Guild Bundle 1812 July-December 24.9.1812

Mr Sandeman, merchant

Counting House, Leith Street

To improve by adding another floor

Elevation. Unsigned - before & after.

Sources: Dean of Guild Bundle 1813 January-June 10.6.1813

Pet. James Sanders, shoemaker

17 Leith Street

Plan, elevation and section of interior alteration. Unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild 1.7.1813

William Bruce, upholsterer

Leith Street, corner of Shakespeare Square?

Major alteration - addition of further floor to annex

Elevations, before and after, unsigned

Edinburgh, 16 Leith Terrace, Leith Street.

James Salisbury.

Edinburgh. 16 Leith Terrace. Salisbury was architect and developer.

(Edinburgh Evening Courant, Jan. 30 and Feb 6, 1800).

James Salisbury.

Edinburgh. Leith terrace, Leith Street.

"a new elevation, plain and unornamented" to be shown by Salisbury, 1786.

(Edinburgh Evening Courant, Feb 18, 1786).


Edinburgh Room, Central Library, Edinburgh

Leith Terrace, Leith Street, Edinburgh (unexecuted design), 1785

"the elevation...has been designed by Robert Adams, Esq; architect"

(Edinburgh Evening Courant, Sept 3, 1785)

One newscutting by Brian Crossland


Watching Brief (10 January 2008 - 31 July 2008)

NT 2599 7412 A watching brief was undertaken January–July 2008 on all ground-breaking works associated with development of the site. A series of buildings associated with the post-medieval use of the area were identified and fully recorded, prior to their removal. No other significant archaeological features or artefacts were identified.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended)

Funder: Kilmartin Property Group

Martin Cook (AOC Archaeology Group), 2008


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