Chessel’s Court, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the architecturally important site of Chessel’s Court which is located in the Canongate area of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Summary information as follows:

  • Built 1748 by Archibald Chessel, a leading Edinburgh citizen of his day.
  • Deacon Brodie, who was the role model for the fictional Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, was caught robbing the Excise Office here in 1788 and subsequently hanged.
  • Building on the right of the image above was originally built as the first hotel in Scotland.
  • The grassed over centre of the Court is a public space.
  • In the past this area was densely populated and was at the centre of  movements to expose deprived children to horticulture and greenery. Important personalities at this time were Lileen Hardy and Patrick Geddes who were instrumental in establishing St. Saviour’s Child-Garden.
  • The south building is of high quality with some of the flats having rococo chimney-pieces and other original details.
  • Restoration was undertaken by Robert Hurd & Partners in 1964 with new buildings completing the courtyard on east and north sides.Note use of colour-wash.
  • Easily accessed from the Royal Mile.

A little gem overlooked by most of the visitors to Edinburgh.

Chessel’s Court, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

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