Basic Site Details

Name: Leith Town Hall and Public Library
Town, district or village: Leith
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Competition assessed by George Washington Browne. On site of old North Leith Manse. Estimated cost at August 1929 given as 73,000.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Town hall  
Item 2 of 2Library  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 128, 30, Ferry RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41928  Competition announced and held
Item 2 of 419291932Construction 
Item 3 of 41929 Plans approvedPlans passed by Dean of Guild Court, August 1929
Item 4 of 419531961 Restored after wartime bomb damage to original design


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 8Henry Boddington  1926 Third premiated design
Item 2 of 8James Robertson Adamson A19261932Won competition to secure job - as partner with Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Item 3 of 8John Bradshaw Gass A19261932Won competition to secure job
Item 4 of 8Collcutt & Hamp B1926 Second premiated design
Item 5 of 8Stanley Hinge Hamp B1926 Second premiated design
Item 6 of 8Thomas Edward Collcutt B1926 Second premiated design
Item 7 of 8James Bow Dunn  c. 1926 Competition design was premiated - but did not secure job
Item 8 of 8Bradshaw Gass & Hope A19281932Won competition to secure job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp465
Item 2 of 3Lingard, Jane and Timothy2007Bradshaw Gass & Hope: the Story of an Architectural Practice London, Gallery Lingard 
Item 3 of 3Royal Academy exhibitors    1928, no 1298 (Bradshaw Gass & Hope design)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 10Architect and Building News1932Jul-Dec p357
Item 2 of 10BuilderEarly 1927CXXII p193
Item 3 of 10BuilderLate 1927CCXXIII pp20-23
Item 4 of 10BuilderLate 1928CXXXV p92
Item 5 of 10Builder23 August 1929  p326 - plans passed by Dean of Guild Court
Item 6 of 10Builder1932CLXIII p558-560 Check date
Item 7 of 10BuilderLate 1932CXLIII pp550-560 (plans, illustrations)
Item 8 of 10RIBA JournalBetween 1926 and 1927XXXIVLondon: Royal Institute of British Architectspp287, 309, 351, 382, 427
Item 9 of 10RIBA Journal20 September 1930 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp711 Obituary of James Bow Dunn
Item 10 of 10RIBA JournalOctober 1943 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of James Robertson Adamson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27009