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Basic Site Details

Name: Commercial Bank of Scotland, North Bridge Branch
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Total cost: 19,270.

See separate entry for South Bridge branch, which was superseded by this building.

The attribution to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson is definite; however, the role of the Beatties is unclear. George Lennox Beattie states in his FRIBA nomination papers that these buildings were "originally designed by my brother, Mr Hamilton Beattie, [and] were completed under my superintendence from the foundations upwards", and fails to mention any collaborat

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal Bank of ScotlandYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Bank  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2137-141, High StreetYes 
Item 2 of 229-31, North BridgeYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61898   
Item 2 of 629 March 1898  Site to be acquired
Item 3 of 67 April 1898  Sydney Mitchell to be employed to erect bank at corner of High Street and North Bridge. W Hamilton Beattie is to erect buildings to north
Item 4 of 622 October 1898  Bank about to be built
Item 5 of 617 November 1898  Tenders to be accepted
Item 6 of 65 October 1899  Furnishings and fittings to be installed


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectA1898  
Item 2 of 7George WilsonArchitectA1898  
Item 3 of 7John Galt MitchellArchitectA1898 As assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 4 of 7Sydney Mitchell & WilsonArchitectural practiceA1898  
Item 5 of 7George Beattie & SonArchitectural practiceB18981900Northernmost section - see notes
Item 6 of 7George Lennox BeattieArchitectB18981900Northernmost section - see notes
Item 7 of 7William Hamilton BeattieArchitectB18981898Northernmost section - see notes


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder22 October 1898LXXV Bank about to be built
Item 2 of 2Building News14 October 1898   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild Plans dated 1898
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register29037 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW 1890/1/1
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Lennox Beattie: F v17 p68 no1130 (microfilm reel 12); John Galt Mitchell: L v1 no91 (microfilm reel 29)
Item 5 of 5Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesCommercial Bank Board Minutes 29 March 1898, 31 March 1898, 7 April 1898, 9 June 1898, 17 November 1898, 5 October 1899, 18 April 1901


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