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Conservation Matters

EWH funded conservation projects at Eton Terrace - Lennox Street and Frederick Street – Queen Street.

Jul 19, 2010

Eton Terrace - Lennox Street

David Willis of Crichton Lang, Willis + Galloway Architects comments:

"Although the workmanship and materials appear to be of the highest quality, inherent defects in building within the natural bedding plane laid vertically - on cant – which combined with the natural elements have taken their toll, and the external stonework is now very badly eroded. Inspection by us some five years ago indicated significant defects to the extent that in some instances we actually removed by hand pieces of delaminating sills and jambs which were about fall from the building.

The proprietors were aware, as they should be, about the substantial heritage they own, and they had been proactive about its conservation as far as their finances permitted. Problems associated with the roof along with chimney repairs had been addressed about eight years ago and the cost of that had been a financial drain. The level of anticipated cost of the identified masonry repairs was simply beyond the means of the proprietors who are either retired or in one case have a young family.

Without the considerable input of EWH with their package of funding, repairs to this group of buildings would not have been possible."

Frederick Street – Queen Street

Another EWH conservation scheme is also now underway at the corner block of 63 & 65 Frederick Street and 38 Queen Street. Work will consist of stonework repairs to chimneys and the front elevation,

During the 1860s No. 38 Queen Street was the home of George Patton, a senior figure in Edinburgh’s legal establishment who was also the focus of a political scandal.

Patton rose through the ranks of the legal profession to become Lord Advocate in 1866, but in the same year he was also elected MP for Bridgewater in Somerset. Allegations of bribery at his election led to calls for an inquest, and faced with mounting pressure he committed suicide.  At the time the scandal was described as, “unparalleled in the history of the Scottish judicial bench.”

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