Edinburgh World Heritage

Thistle Court

Thistle Court was the first building to be completed in the New Town, but it ignored a key intention of the New Town plan.

The developer  John Young received £20 from the council as an incentive for buying the first plot of land in the New Town.  But instead of building a terrace of houses facing the street, he created two houses facing each other across a courtyard.

The use of space and the style of the building is more like the Old Town than the New, but it does make good use of the space and offers more privacy.

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