Melville Monument and St. Andrew Sqaure, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on St. Andrew Square which sits at the eastern end of George Street in Edinburgh’s New Town. ¬†

When Edinburgh New Town was conceived in¬† 1766 St. Andrew Square was intended as an eastern counter-balance to Charlotte Square at the west end of George Street but evolved into Scotland’s premier financial centre comprising banks and insurance companies. Although the core architecture remains late 18th/early 19th century, infills and additions reflect Victorian and 20th century architecture styles.

Here is a summary listing of the principal buildings and monuments:

  • Hopetoun Monument ( 1824-34) by Thomas Campbell. Equestrian statue of the Earl of Hopetoun.
  • Melville Monument (shown above) by William Burn, 1821. Viscount Melville was the most powerful Scotsman of his time.
  • 21/22 St. Andrew Square which dates from 1772. Was home of the Earl of Buchan.
  • 23 St. Andrew Square by David Bryce, 1846.
  • 26 St. Andrew Square by Sir William Chambers, 1770-72.
  • 28 St. Andrew Square by Peddie and Browne, 1897.
  • Royal Bank building by Sir William Chambers, 1772-74. Originally a private house for Sir Laurence Dundas.
  • 35 St. Andrew Square by Robert Adam, 1769.
  • 38 and 39 St. Andrew Square by David Bryce, 1851-52.
  • Scottish Provident Institution, shown above immediately to left of monument with blue reflective glass. Dates from 1961.

Here is a video clip of St. Andrew Square

St. Andrew Square is easily accessible from the eastern end of Edinburgh and worth a visit for those interested in architecture styles.

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