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Edinburgh, Leith, 19 Water Street, Lamb's House

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    13 WATERS' CLOSE; BURGESS STREET; WATER LANE
  • Canmore ID
    51956
  • Site type
    MERCHANTS HOUSE
  • Parish
    EDINBURGH (EDINBURGH, CITY OF)
  • Council
    MIDLOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 27102 76422
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.97523N, 3.169666W
  • Archeological notes
    N/A
  • Architectural notes
    NT27NE 4 27091 76423 (NT 27091 76423) Lamb's House (NR) OS 25"map, (1971) Lamb's House is a merchant's house of late 16th or early 17th century date (National Trust 1959). Both residence and ware-house were contained within this five-storey building of exceptional architectural quality. It was extensively remodelled internally and the windows enlarged in the 18th century; ruinous by 1937, restored in 1938 by the Marquis of Bute, whose son presented it to the National Trust in 1958, when further restoration took place. The house is commonly identified as that of Andro Lamb, visited by Mary Queen of Scots after landing at Leith in 1561, but this is discounted by the RCAHMS, who assign it a date of erection in the second decade of the 17th century. RCAHMS 1951; National Trust of Scotland 1959. Lamb's House is as described and in good condition. It is now in use as an old peoples Welfare Centre. Visited by OS (B S) 27 November 1975. Edinburgh, Water's Close. NMRS/ Simpson and Brown photographs. Box 1, album no 3 - general exterior views, including Lamb's House, 1981. Box 2, album no 23 - landscape.

Related material information

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1065844 (17/2/1961)
    Plans and elevations of tenement at No.12 Burgess Street to be demolished for new hall at Lamb's House, Leith.
  • 1065843 (14/3/1960)
    Details of doors.
  • 1065842 (19/7/1960)
    Plan and sections of machine room.
  • 1065841 (8/2/1960)
    Window details to rear.
  • 1065840 (21/12/1959)
    Plan, section and elevations of Kitchen.
  • 1065839 (16/10/1961)
    Site plan.
  • 1065833 (27/4/1960)
    Plan, section and elevations of 3rd Floor exterior doors.
  • 1065832 (10/2/1960)
    1/2inch Detail of panelling for 1st floor hall ceiling.
  • 1330119 (6/1932)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Plan of elevations, floors and section. Titled: 'Lamb's House Leith'.
  • 1114321 (18/6/2008)
    View from south west.
  • 1114320 (18/6/2008)
    View of 1960's extension from north.
  • 1114319 (18/6/2008)
    View of 1960's extension from south west.
  • 1114318 (18/6/2008)
    View of 1960's extension from south.
  • 1114317 (18/6/2008)
    View from south south west.
  • 1114316 (18/6/2008)
    View from south.
  • 1114315 (18/6/2008)
    View from north north west.
  • 1114314 (18/6/2008)
    View from east.
  • 1114313 (18/6/2008)
    View of 1960's extension from south east.
  • 1114312 (18/6/2008)
    Detail of name plaque.
  • 1114311 (18/6/2008)
    Detail of Civic Trust award plaque.
  • 1114310 (18/6/2008)
    Detail of National Trust plaque.
  • 1114309 (18/6/2008)
    Detail of commemorative plaque.
  • 1114308 (18/6/2008)
    Detail of commemorative plaque.
  • 1114307 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Staircase. Slop sink.
  • 1114306 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Staircase. Slop sink.
  • 1114305 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Third floor. Entrance to attic stair.
  • 1114304 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Attic floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114303 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Third floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114302 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Third floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114301 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Third floor. Gated window.
  • 1114300 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor. Corbel.
  • 1114299 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor. Corbel.
  • 1114298 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor. Corbel.
  • 1114297 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114296 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114295 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114294 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114293 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor. Fireplace.
  • 1114292 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor. Fireplace.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 51956 (1970)
    View of Lambs House, 13 Water Close, looking NE
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of shelf.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Staircase.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Attic.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Attic.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor.
  • 51956 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Ground floor. Hall (1960 extension).
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1962)
    General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (1900)
    General view from South.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, Water's Close, 'Lamb's Close'. Sketch of front of house. Titled: 'Old House in Leith'.
  • 51956 (1900)
    General view from South.
  • 51956 (1950)
    Detail of front of house and standing boys.
  • 51956 (1950)
    General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (1962)
    General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1930)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close & Water Street, 'Lamb's House'. General view.
  • 51956 (1930)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close & Water Street, 'Lamb's House'. Detail of front facade with figures.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1953)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from rear.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from rear.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South.
  • 51956 (1920)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South with figures in street.
  • 51956 (1940)
    General view from South.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South-west.
  • 51956 (1950)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of main stair between ground and first floor showing sink.
  • 51956 (1950)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. View of rear of house.
  • 51956 (1950)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of side.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of entrance.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of basement East corner.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of basement North corner.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. Detail of 1st floor North-East wall.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. Detail of 3rd floor South-East gable.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 3rd floor South-East gable.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 1st floor West corner.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 1st floor South corner.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 2nd floor North-West gable fireplace.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 2nd floor North-West gable.
  • 51956 (24/12/1958)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of attic room gables.
  • 51956 (24/12/1958)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of attic room.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of entrance.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View from South-East.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. View of main entrance showing corbelling.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. View of corbel above main entrance.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of South-East gable fireplace on 2nd floor.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of South-East gable on 2nd floor.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of North-East wall.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of North-West gable.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. Detail of 2nd floor staircase window.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. Detail of 2nd floor staircase.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. General view of South-West wall.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. General view of entrance.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of North-West front.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of East front.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Photographic copy of plan showing elevations, attic and floors.
  • 51956 (26/8/1957)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Photographic copy of plan showing floors. Titled: ' Sketch proposal No 1 Lamb's House Leith for Edinburgh & Leith Old People's Welfare Council'.
  • 51956 (1950)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Photographic copy of plan showing elevations, floors and attic. Titled: ' Andrew Lamb's House Water Street, Leith'.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Photographic copy of plan showing elevations, floor and roof. Titled: 'Restoration for Lamb's House Leith for the Lord David Stuart'.
  • 51956 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Photographic copy of plan showing elevations, floor and attic. Titled: 'Lamb's House Leith'.
  • 51956 (1975)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South-West.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 51956 (1958)
    Folders containing correspondence, notes, accounts and trade literature relating to numerous projects including chair designs and documentation relating to stand for the Ninth Conference of the International Bar Association; Edinburgh, 13 Lennox Street; 6 Wemyss Place Mews; house at Grange Loan; Lamb's House; 24 Young Street Lane North; and St Thomas Episcopal Church.
  • 51956 (1958)
    Leaflet for the National Trust for Scotland.
  • 51956 (9/7/1970)
    John R Hume Industrial/CBA cards Filed under Edinburgh, Water Street. Print attached (see NMRS MS/749 entry for Collection description).
  • 51956 (1954)
    Newscuttings regarding future role after restoration.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 792641 (1979)
    View from SSW showing SSW front
  • 733503 (9/7/1970)
    View from SSE showing SSW front
  • 733500 (9/7/1970)
    View from SSW showing SSW front
  • 733498 (9/7/1970)
    View from SSW showing WNW front of numbers 42-43 Water Street with Lamb's House in background
  • 556475 (21/9/1979)
    Edinburgh, 13 Waters Close, Lambs House General View
  • 556474 (21/9/1979)
    Edinburgh, 13 Waters Close, Lambs House General View
  • 1098964 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of shelf.
  • 1098953 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (1962)
    General view from South-West.
  • 51956 (1900)
    General view from South.
  • 1116546 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Staircase.
  • 1116545 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Attic.
  • 1116543 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Attic.
  • 1116542 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor.
  • 1116541 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Second floor.
  • 1116540 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor.
  • 1116539 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. First floor.
  • 1116538 (18/6/2008)
    Interior. Ground floor. Hall (1960 extension).
  • 1102967 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 1102955 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 1102952 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 51956 (1960)
    Edinburgh, Leith, Water Close, Lamb's House. Opening by Queen Mother. DIGITAL IMAGE ONLY
  • 986467 (1900)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from rear.
  • 51956 (26/8/1957)
    Digital image of photographic copy of plan showing floors. Titled: ' Sketch proposal No 1 Lamb's House Leith for Edinburgh & Leith Old People's Welfare Council'.
  • 621518 (24/2/1958)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 3rd floor South-East gable.
  • 621513 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. Detail of 2nd floor staircase.
  • 621300 (24/2/1958)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House', interior. View of 1st floor South corner.
  • 621299 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. View of main entrance showing corbelling.
  • 621298 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of side.
  • 621188 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South with figures in street.
  • 621180 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from rear.
  • 621179 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view of rear.
  • 621177 ()
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. General view from South-west.

PRINT ROOM

  • 51956 ()
    Photograph of exterior of Lamb's House.
  • 51956 (1900)
    General view from South.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 51956 (26/8/1957)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Plan of locality and floors. Titled: 'Sketch proposal no 1 Lamb's House Leith for Edinburgh & Leith Old People's Welfare Council'.
  • 51956 (1950)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Plan of elevations, floors and section. Titled: 'Andrew Lamb's House Water Street, Leith'.
  • 51956 (1938)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Plan showing location, floors, attic (restoration) and elevations. Titled: 'Restoration of Lamb'sHouse Leith for the Lord David Stuart'.
  • 51956 (6/1932)
    Edinburgh, 13 Water's Close, 'Lamb's House'. Plan of elevations, floors and section. Titled: 'Lamb's House Leith'.

  • 51956 (6/6/2008)
    Lamb‘s House Detail of entrance
  • 51956 (6/6/2008)
    Lamb‘s House Front elevation
  • 51956 (3/11/2011)
    Lamb‘s House Front elevation
  • 51956 (3/11/2011)
    Lamb‘s House Front elevation

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Edinburghshire, Sheet 21852
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Edinburghshire, Sheet 21877