Edinburgh World Heritage - Thistle Court

Thistle Court

Thistle Court was the first building to be completed in the New Town, but it ignored a key intention of the 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, and perhaps offers more privacy.

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