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P number: P530938
Caption: Detail of part of St. Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, Lothian Region.
Description: This stone building in the grounds of St. Mary?s Cathedral has a slate roof made of West Highland slate laid in the traditional Scots style. The turret in the background has been re-roofed with Cumbrian slate. The slate has a typical dark grey-blueish colour and is laid in diminishing courses, with the larger sizes at the base, becoming smaller towards the top. This technique ensured that more of the slate from a quarry was used and thus reduced wastage. The rough and slightly irregular appearance gives the classic 'organic' appearance of a Scots slate roof. Unfortunately Scots slate has not been quarried for about year, leading to a shortage of this traditional material. New slate roofs have to use imported material, which can never replicate the characteristic appearance of a Scottish roof.
Date taken: 25/06/1905
Photographer: Unknown
Copyright statement: Unknown
Orientation: Portrait
Size: 218.36 KB; 663 x 1000 pixels; 56 x 85 mm (print at 300 DPI); 175 x 265 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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Categories: Best of BGS Images/ Stone and the built heritage (Building Britain)  


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