Looking At Edinburgh

30 September 2008

Doors Open Day: St Ninian’s Manse

I took a photo of this building in July (Quayside Street Clocktower), but it wasn’t until Doors Open Day that I found it is St Ninian’s Manse, Quayside Mills, Leith.

The Edinburgh Doors Open Day is organised by The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust), in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage.

St Ninian's Manse on Quayside Street

St Ninian’s was built in 16th-century Leith: the Manse is the oldest religious establishment still standing.
The 1675 door of St Ninians Manse

It belongs to the Cockburn Association, and is now offices: the first floor and the attic floor were open to visitors. Although it was interesting to see a modern office kitchen neatly tucked into 17th-century stone, I didn’t take a photo. I went up the stairs from the first floor to the attic; they’re very steep:
The manse stairs

The Manse attic, where you can see the beams holding up the roof:
the Manse attic

And three architectural models were set out for us, including one of the Manse itself (restoration details here – PDF):
architectural model of St Ninians Manse

Another view of the Manse attic:
St Ninians Manse attic

A shot of one of the old beams close up:
beam close up

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  1. […] If you want to see inside, go to my first Doors Open Day post, St Ninian’s Manse. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)a different side of […]

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