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Hope returns in Scotland

19 March 2012

After lying derelict for years, Hope House in Edinburgh was dismantled in 2008 to make way for an hotel, but its timbers and stones have been carefully stored because of the historical significance of the building. Now the 18th-century home of botanist John Hope is to be rebuilt at an estimated cost of £800,000 using the same methods that would have been used when it was originally built in 1764 – without steel or power tools and using lime mortars – to shed light on how Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town took shape.


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