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Basic Site Details

Name: Mercat Cross
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Notes: CHECK Lorimer drawings for nature of work.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Market CrossYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Market Cross  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Mercat Cross, High StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Parliament SquareYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 8c. 1616 ReconstructionCross taken down and re-erected.
Item 2 of 81860  Design proposals
Item 3 of 81885  New design by Sydney Mitchell
Item 4 of 89 October 1885  Work on cross well advanced
Item 5 of 821 November 1885  Cross completed
Item 6 of 827 November 1885  Cross completed
Item 7 of 8c. 1900  Repairs?
Item 8 of 81970 RepairShaft replaced


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7John MylneMasonHc. 1616 Took down Cross and re-erected it - in conjunction with mason called Tailefer.
Item 2 of 7David BryceArchitect 1860 Restoration proposal
Item 3 of 7David CousinArchitect c. 1860 Restoration proposal to counter Bryce's
Item 4 of 7Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitect 1885 New cross designed and built using fragments of the old cross.
Item 5 of 7(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect c. 1900 Repairs?
Item 6 of 7Alexander SteeleArchitectG1970 As City Architect - replaced shaft
Item 7 of 7Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)Architectural practiceG1970 Replaced shaft of cross


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp184
Item 3 of 4Harris, Stuart The Mercat Crossvol XXXIIIBook of the Old Edinburgh Club 
Item 4 of 4Mylne, R S The Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland  pp106-107

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect4 December 1885   
Item 2 of 4Builder21 November 1885XLIX  
Item 3 of 4Building News9 October 1885   
Item 4 of 4Building News27 November 1885   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27792 
Item 2 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/198
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland's Drawings Plan and elevation drawn by James Drummond
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW 1880/43/1-2


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