Charlotte Square Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Charlotte Square, an architectural gem at the western end of Edinburgh’s New Town.

The  New Town progressively evolved and grew after the area was opened up for development in the late 18th century. A young ( 22 years old) and hitherto unknown architect named James Craig won the competition for the layout in 1766. Construction progress was slow and erratic due to occasional shortages of money caused by the Napoleonic Wars and other factors. Much of the work was completed by the 1830s, however.

Charlotte Square was designed by Robert Adam (1728-1792), a leading Scottish neoclassical architect and son of William Adam, Scotland’s foremost architect of his day.

The square is believed to be named after Queen Charlotte ( 1744-1818), wife of King George III and the daughter of the Royal couple, Princess Charlotte ( 1766-1828).

The north side of Charlotte Square was completed in the 18th century and the rest in the early 19th century. The style is of individual terraced houses subliminated within monumental palace facades.

Professionals such as doctors and lawyers were attracted to Charlotte Square.

Image below shows St. George’s Church. This was designed by Robert Reid in 1811 and is considered to be much plainer than Robert Adam’s original design. No longer used for worship.

St. George’s Church, now West Register House, Edinburgh.

Here is the Georgian House at No. 7 Charlotte Square. This is owned by Scotland’s National Trust and is open to the public. The interior has been taken back to the late 18th century. I have visited twice and found the experience fascinating.

Georgian House, No 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

Overall, Charlotte Square should not be overlooked in context of a tour of Edinburgh’s architectural features.

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