Basic Site Details

Name: Nelsons Publishing Works
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: In street architecture of more ornamental character there has been little done (in 1881). The most noticeable is the very extensive frontage built by the publishers, Messrs Nelson, as a screen for their works in the Dalkeith-road. The design provides a large central entrance, with a range of offices on either side. The whole is executed in the Scottish Baronial style of ornate type not without some resemblance in details to the Perpendicular or Elizabethan. The range is in one story, but the gateway has two floors and lofty pyramidal roof, flanked with corner turrets, and finished with parapet and ornamental details peculiar to the style. It was designed by the architect, Mr Lessels, to harmonise with the mansion house, built for the proprietor in the adjoining park. This edifice, as well as Salisbury-green, beside it, is a good sample of the Florid Baronial, and strikes the eye by its picturesque appearance and happy adaptation to its site, having the "crown of the causeway" to itself. [Building News 30 December 1881 p898]

See also separate entry for Salisbury Green Mansion House

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21881 Completion 
Item 2 of 21947 ProposedAlterations? Rebuilding?


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 3James LesselsArchitect 1881  
Item 2 of 3(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectBBefore 1947 Proposal for work on Nelsons
Item 3 of 3Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & PaulArchitectural practiceBBefore 1947 Proposal for work on Nelsons


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Nelsons Publishers 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News30 December 1881  p897-899 - Notes from Edinburgh

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no 4351 (Combined Box 9)