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Successful facelift for Eton Terrace - Lennox Street

A high profile corner frontage by the Water of Leith valley has been restored with EWH support.


Oct 22, 2010

Earlier this year, a major conservation project began on the frontage of the corner site of Eton Terrace and Lennox Street in the New Town Conservation Area. As these properties represent a significant frontage viewed from the north of the New Town across the dramatic panorama of the Dean Gorge, residents were supported in the conservation scheme by EWH repayable conservation grants.

Much of the stonework on the exterior elevation had deteriorated and has now been extensively repaired or replaced by contractors Forbes Davidson Ltd, who also undertook conservation work on the decorative cast-iron balustrades.

As the scaffolding now comes down, Kevin and Neil, two of the stone masons who have been involved in the restoration, tell us how much they have enjoyed observing and analysing the workmanship of the original craftsmen, but also point out that their work today presents challenges their predecessors did not face:

“The original masons only had to lift these enormous blocks of stone on to the walls of the building as it rose. We have had to remove and insert heavy blocks into the original space. As a result the traditional block and tackle was replaced on occasion by lifting the heaviest stones with the help of ‘Armstrong’ trucks."

This project enhances previous conservation work on this particular streetscape.

In 1990 Edinburgh New Town Conservation supported the restoration of the adjoining Eton Terrace frontage, and more recently EWH supported a project improving the terraced houses which abut 1 Lennox Street.

Thanks to the efforts of local resident and architect Ian Cook, the concrete street lamps here were also recently replaced with traditional lamp standards manufactured by the original makers, Sugg of Westminster. Overall this particular street is an excellent example of sympathetic conservation.



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