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Revealing the History Behind the Facade: A Timber-framed Building at No. 302 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

Revealing the History Behind the Facade: A Timber-framed Building at No. 302 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh Anne Crone and Diana Sproat The property at No. 302 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, is a rare survival of a ‘timber land’, the timber-framed buildings that were once commonplace along the city’s Royal Mile and elsewhere in Scotland in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Two painted panels survive as components of the timber frontage, providing insights into the nature and function of the galleries that projected from these buildings. The building also retains fragments of two richly decorated board-and-beam ceilings, the beams of which have been successfully dated by dendrochronology. One possible interpretation of the dendrochronological results is that multi-storied tenements such as No. 302 may not have been conceived as such but were built upwards in stages, the platform-framing of the box-like construction allowing for storey-by-storey development. B ac k g rou n d Between 2006 and 2008, AOC Archaeology Group undertook a detailed survey of Nos. 302–304 Lawnmarket, two Category A listed tenement buildings located within the Old Town of Edinburgh. The work was undertaken as part of a planning condition for the redevelopment of a large plot located at the junction between George IV Bridge and the Lawnmarket, now the Missoni Hotel. The buildings have now http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Revealing the History Behind the Facade: A Timber-framed Building at No. 302 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

Architectural Heritage , Volume 22 (1): 19 – Nov 1, 2011

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
Subject
Historical Studies
ISSN
1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.2011.0016
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Abstract

Anne Crone and Diana Sproat The property at No. 302 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, is a rare survival of a ‘timber land’, the timber-framed buildings that were once commonplace along the city’s Royal Mile and elsewhere in Scotland in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Two painted panels survive as components of the timber frontage, providing insights into the nature and function of the galleries that projected from these buildings. The building also retains fragments of two richly decorated board-and-beam ceilings, the beams of which have been successfully dated by dendrochronology. One possible interpretation of the dendrochronological results is that multi-storied tenements such as No. 302 may not have been conceived as such but were built upwards in stages, the platform-framing of the box-like construction allowing for storey-by-storey development. B ac k g rou n d Between 2006 and 2008, AOC Archaeology Group undertook a detailed survey of Nos. 302–304 Lawnmarket, two Category A listed tenement buildings located within the Old Town of Edinburgh. The work was undertaken as part of a planning condition for the redevelopment of a large plot located at the junction between George IV Bridge and the Lawnmarket, now the Missoni Hotel. The buildings have now

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2011

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