The Building is notable for its decorative
stone panel which depicts the emblem for the ancient Cordiner’s
The term comes from the French for shoemaker, ‘cordonnier’.
Situated as one of several building around
the Western Gate (West Port), its tradesmen and other residents
suffered from cramped, unventilated conditions typical to
the Old Town closes and stairwells.
There were substantial improvements to the
development of this site to provide better housing which
included designs to better space and ventilation.
The site again fell into disrepair and was neglected for
decades until the 1980’s when it was renovated and
The three separate buildings of Cordiner’s Land preserve
many original features including balcony walkways, open staircases,
courtyard gardens, a tower and bridge."