Edinburgh World Heritage - Historic Home Guides


Historic Home Guides

Edinburgh World Heritage has launched a new series of Historic Home Guides, aimed at giving advice specifically for owners of listed buildings within the World Heritage Site. The first editions in the series focus on ironmongery and exterior paintwork.

The guide to external paintwork covers everything from windows and doors, to balconies, railings and common stairs. Advice is also given on how to find further information and where permission is needed to make changes.

The ironmongery version includes fixtures and fittings such as hinges, door handles and locks. Often these details were tailor made for the building, and as such are significant, but easily over-looked, original features.

The comprehensive guide to roofs covers not only slates and pantiles, but also features such as dormers, cornices, gutters, cupolas, chimneys and balustrades. As well as describing the construction and materials, the guide also offers maintenance tips and highlights common problems with roofs in the Old and New Towns.

Download the guides

Historic Home Guides – Ironmongery (PDF | 4.2MB)
Historic Home Guides – Exterior Paintwork
(PDF | 3.2MB)
Historic Home Guides - Roofs (PDF | 2MB)

The Historic Home Guides are also available in hard copy from the EWH office at 5 Bakehouse Close.

Recent Projects

From the three year Twelve Monuments Project to the major restoration of Well Court.


EWH Historic Home Guides, Annual Reviews and the World Heritage Site Management Plan available for download.

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