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22/09/2007 Coade stone pillars
22-SEP-2007

22/09/2007 Coade stone pillars

Portobello Community Garden, Portobello Promenade, Edinburgh

One of three pillar standing in the community garden on the Prom. All three are constructed from Coade Stone and were erected here last year after being in storage for many years. It's believed that they were initially for Dalmeny House...

In 1989 three ornamental C-listed Coade stone pillars standing in the garden if a private house in Portobello were knocked down during building work. Two of the pillars are identical to the chimneys of Dalmeny House, seat of the Roseberrys, with relief sculptures of fleur-de-lys, lions and roses, the third pillar has a different design of unknown provenance. Coade stone, a valuable artificial stone made in London in the 19th Century, is very hard and relief sculptures such as those on the pillars retain their sharpness of detail. Due to the robust nature of Coade the pillars broke into their constituent hallow cylindrical sections which now belong to, and are in the care of Edinburgh City council who support this application. We plan to erect the pillars in a new community garden being created by the Council from a derelict Council owned site on Portobello Promenade. A focus position for the pillars has been incorporated in the garden design. The grant will be spent on: 1/ Removing paint from the surface of the stones 2/minor repairs to the stone, and copying from damaged pieces a top for one of the pillars in a modern version of Coade Stone 3/ assembling the sections into three pillars on site 4/ placing railings around the pillar site 5/ placing information board by the pillars.


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