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[We are compiling information about the background history of Cordiner's Land and the Cordiner's Guild in Edinburgh, and would appreciate details or pictures you have to share!]
The building features distinctively Scottish architecture, crowstepped gables and, possibly its most notable feature, the decorative stone panel of the ancient Cordiner's Guild. This reinstated emblem of the Cordiners is important to Edinburgh's history, as there are apparently only 2 known building emblems remaining (one on Cordiner's Land, and one on a building in the Cannongate at the bottom of the Royal Mile).
There is an inscription on the Cordiner's Land stone, dating from AD1696, which reads:
[The Cordiner's Land Residents' Association has a preservation plan for this emblem.]
Cordiner's Land eventually fell into disrepair and suffered neglect for many years. It was again refurbished (and modernised) in the 1980's. It now comprises 3 main separated buildings, as listed below, but preserves some of the original features of external balcony walkways, open staircases, terraced courtyard gardens, a tower and bridge.
1: the North facing West Port street frontage 4 Storey block of 19 flatted dwellinghouses, with 7 shops at street level;
ABOUT CORDINERS The word Cordiner derives from the French word for shoemaker, Cordonnier. Cordiners were leatherworkers, mostly shoemakers who made a complete new shoe, whereas cobblers worked with old leather and repaired shoes. The symbol of the cordiner is the half moon leather worker's knife, which when linked with a Crown indicated membership of the Cordiner's Guild. Shoemakers were also known as Cordwainers in England, and Souters in Scotland.