Basic Site Details

Name: Rentons, 10-15 Princes Street
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: C listed
Grid ref:
Notes: The facade of the building design by Thomas Hamilton is still visible in West Register Street.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1WoolworthsYesPresent building: previous buildings demolished

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 110-15, Princes StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1125 March 1824 Plans submitted to Dean of GuildPlans for building at 2 Princes Street (later renumbered) and West Register Street. Facade still in West Register Street.
Item 2 of 111853 ProposedProposal for erection of a large new building on West Register Street to expand existing building
Item 3 of 111858 ProposedNew frontage for Crown Hotel.
Item 4 of 11After 1858 Build/constructionAddition of attic storey
Item 5 of 111880s   
Item 6 of 111884 ProposedPlans for refurbishment of shop at 12-14 and remodelling of the frontage.
Item 7 of 111899  Proposed alterations
Item 8 of 111909  Alterations
Item 9 of 111925  Complete rebuilding for Woolworths
Item 10 of 11March 1926 Opened 
Item 11 of 1120142015ReconstructionWith additional floor

People

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 21Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)Architectural practice   Interior work - date unknown
Item 2 of 21Thomas HamiltonArchitectG1824 Scheme for building at 2 Princes Street (later renumbered) and West Register Street.
Item 3 of 21George SmithArchitectD1853 Proposal for erection of a large new building on West Register Street to expand existing building
Item 4 of 21Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectE1858 New frontage for Crown Hotel. Also later in the same year scheme for addition of attic storey to building.
Item 5 of 21John Dick PeddieArchitectE1858 New frontage for Crown Hotel. Also later in the same year scheme for addition of attic storey to building.
Item 6 of 21Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceE1858 New frontage for Crown Hotel. Also later in the same year scheme for addition of attic storey to building.
Item 7 of 21Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectF1884 Plans for refurbishment of shop at 12-14 and remodelling of the frontage.
Item 8 of 21Thomas Purves MarwickArchitectBc. 188 Plans
Item 9 of 21Dunn & FindlayArchitectural practiceA1899 Proposed alterations
Item 10 of 21James Bow DunnArchitectA1899 Proposed alterations
Item 11 of 21James Leslie FindlayArchitectA1899 Proposed alterations
Item 12 of 21James Bow DunnArchitectC1909 Further alterations
Item 13 of 21William PriddleArchitectL1925 Complete rebuilding for Woolworths - as chief architect
Item 14 of 21F W Woolworth & Co Ltd, in-house architects (Woolworth Constuction Department In-house architect(s)L1926  
Item 15 of 21Gillean ('Sam') Petrie SmallArchitectK19821983Subdivision of building
Item 16 of 21Alastair Anderson Taylor (or Alistair Anderson Taylor)ArchitectK19831984Subdivision of building
Item 17 of 21David Ralph SamsonArchitectK19831984Subdivision of building
Item 18 of 21Ian Cruickshank (or Cruikshank) k19831984Subdivision of building
Item 19 of 21Ian Douglas WilcocksonArchitectK19831984Subdivision of building
Item 20 of 21Monro & PartnersArchitectural practiceK19831984Subdivision of building
Item 21 of 21W W CarruthersArchitectK19831984Subdivision of building

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 4Constable, Archibald, printer and publisherClient for Thomas Hamilton building
Item 2 of 4LCCL (Ladbrookes)Client for 1983-4 work
Item 3 of 4Rentonsfrom 1853
Item 4 of 4Woolworths1925 and later work

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp310
Item 2 of 2Morrison, Kathryn A Woolworths: 100 years on the High Street London: English Heritage (or Historic England)p46

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Andrew P K WrightInformation via website Sent April 2010 (from Dean of Guild)
Item 2 of 7Courtesy of Sam SmallInformation sent to Yvonne Hillyard Sent June 2010
Item 3 of 7Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild  
Item 4 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register43313 
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection EDD/399/9-14 and photographic copies, D/33250/P
Item 6 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDunn and Findlay Collection 4 sheets of drawings
Item 7 of 7Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on involvement of Scott Morton & Co