Tenements in Edinburgh that'represent 1000 years of history' have been restored to its former splendour. The 17th century structure known as cordiner's land, together with its neighbors, is a significant feature of the Old Town. We will use the information you give when you subscribe to deliver you these emails. They contain links to articles and resources that we think will be interesting and useful to you.
Edinburgh's tenements were built between 1450 and 1700. They're all that remains of many large houses that used to stand in this part of town. At one time there were more than 500 tenements in Edinburgh but now only 40 remain.
Cordiners lands were originally empty lots along the city wall where traders sold wood from the royal forest to decorate their homes during Christmas and other festive seasons. As more buildings were constructed around them, they became home to small workshops and storage facilities. These days most cordiners lands are occupied by small businesses or apartments.
The first recorded sale of a tenement in Edinburgh took place in 1558. Up until then these large houses had been owned by noblemen or wealthy merchants. But as soon as they were no longer needed for housing families they were quickly converted into shops or offices. This process continued well into the 19th century when modern building techniques enabled engineers, architects and others who worked with their hands to create beautiful structures that do not damage the integrity of the tenement itself.
The Old Town of Edinburgh is dominated by its two grandest buildings: St. Giles' Cathedral and Salisbury Castle. They stand on the Royal Mile, a street that runs from the castle to the cathedral. The Royal Mile is the oldest street in Edinburgh and has been an important route for traders to market their goods for over 800 years.
St. Giles' Cathedral is one of Scotland's most beautiful churches. It was built between 1250 and 1530 by King James II (1292–1362) as a replacement for St. Andrew's Church which had been destroyed by fire. The king also paid for the construction of the adjoining Bishop's Palace, which now houses offices and shops. St. Giles' Cathedral remains an active church and is open to visitors every day except during services or other events.
Salisbury Castle is one of the world's best-preserved castles. It was built between 1189 and 1190 by William de Brus, who gave his name to the town of Berwick-upon-Twee. The castle has been owned by the family of Windsor since 1448. Today it contains a museum about its history.
The Old Town (Scots: Auld Toun) is the common term for the oldest area of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Much of the medieval street grid and several Reformation-era houses have been retained in the neighborhood... Edinburgh's Old Town.
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The majority of Glasgow's tenements were built between 1880 and 1914, with red, beige, and grey sandstone from Stranraer and Dumfriesshire quarries. The tenements were one-and-two-up-and-down-stairs houses with front doors but no landings or internal doors leading from one room to another. There was usually a backyard shared by several houses with a communal area behind them called a "green."
Each house had two rooms upstairs and three downstairs, for a total of five rooms. There was also a kitchen at the back, which may have had its own door onto the green or may have been accessible only through a door into the backyard. A privy sat next to the back door of each house.
Glasgow's streets were not designed for automobiles; there were no parking laws and no street signs. Most drivers just parked where they could, which often meant pulling up alongside the curb. This made it difficult for people to get in and out of their cars, so motor vehicles were a rare sight in town until very recently.
The city's wide avenues were originally royal hunting grounds used by kings such as Robert the Bruce and William Wallace to chase deer and other game. They were also where nobles displayed their wealth by planting large gardens filled with trees and statues.
During the 17th century, Edinburgh's Old Town was severely overcrowded. The walls that had been erected around the city's perimeter to protect its citizens meant that there was no room for it to grow outwards. So the only solution was up! New streets were built above the old ones, providing more space for houses and shops.
Also worth mentioning is that many of these new streets are wide enough for vehicles to drive down, which means that you can go shopping for things like furniture and carpeting even if you're not going to buy them. That's useful because sales people tend to be pushy - hehe - and might convince you to buy something you didn't intend to.
You may have heard that in Scotland, building codes don't apply to churches or schools, but that's not true. If you want your house to look nice and not have any problems with mice or bugs, you should probably build below ground level or put up a fence. Churches and schools are usually done with brick or stone, which are hard to get into if you have a problem with pests.
So yeah, buildings tend to be tall in Edinburgh because there wasn't anywhere else to put them.