Basic Site Details

Name: The Bridewell Prison
Town, district or village: Calton Hill
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Calton Hill  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 317801782ProposedSchemes by Craig for Bridewell - not executed.
Item 2 of 317911795Build/construction 
Item 3 of 3c. 1884 Destruction/demolition 


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 3James CraigArchitectB1780 Craig paid for plans for a Bridewell (two schemes). Craig's designs engraved in 1780 and later published in a pamphlet which is related to a later proposal by Provost David Steuart on the subject of a Bridewell. Later pamphlet dated 1782. Both proposals seem to have been for a site on the old City wall.
Item 2 of 3James BrownArchitectC1782 Drew up plans which were published
Item 3 of 3Robert AdamArchitectA17911795 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 2Cruft, K and Fraser, A (ed)1995James Craig 1744-1795  pp114-5