NT2673 : Chessel's Court, Canongate

taken 10 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Chessel's Court, Canongate
Chessel's Court, Canongate
Built by carpenter Archibald Chessel as his own residence, c.1748, this is one of the finest buildings in the Canongate. It was described in the 1760s as "Clark's Hotel for the reception of the nobility and gentry". In 1769 it became the Excise Office and was the scene of an audacious burglary masterminded by Deacon Brodie, a respected town councillor, on 5 March, 1788. The plan was foiled when an Exciseman returned unexpectedly, causing the thieves to flee in panic. The trail led to Brodie and three accomplices. After fleeing to Holland, Brodie was apprehended there and brought back to Edinburgh for trial and execution. By the 20th century the building was used as flats and contained a charitable children's nursery. The building was renovated by the Edinburgh Corporation in 1963-4 and is now used as University flats.

NT2573 : Deacon Brodie
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 4 June, 2009
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Historic sites and artefacts 
Category
Building   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 263 736 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0343N 3:10.8771W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 263 737
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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