History of Leith, Edinburgh

Archive for 2005

Roman Leith?

Monday, December 12th, 2005

This painting from the London Museum shows London in 50 AD. However the basic plan for Roman Towns and Ports were identical over the Roman World. Therefore it could be possible that Roman leith looked something like this. The only difference being that there is no proof of a bridge crossing the Water of Leith in Roman Times. However there is evidence of a Causeway at Bernard Street and a Roman Road.

The Forth Railway Bridge

Friday, December 9th, 2005

The Forth Bridge under construction between 1882-1890

Leith Farms

Friday, December 9th, 2005

It is hard to believe looking at the leith of today that what is now built up land used to be farms between Leith, Edinburgh, Granton and Newhaven. In fact the last farm in the Leith area which was on Leith Walk only closed in the 1930’s

Hibernian Football Card

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

The Hibernian is Leiths football team and dates from the 19th century. This football Card of the team is dated c1900

Flodden 1513

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

According to legend the names of the dead Scottish soldiers was called out in the High Street of Edinburgh by a ghostly voice from the Mercat Cross.

Golf and Leith

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

The game of golf was introducd it is believed through Leith because of the trade links with Holland. The above picture comes from a Dutch miniature dated c1500


Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Acording to the records the games of football and golf were banned in Leith during the Middle Ages in favour of Archery which was practiced as part of the defence of the country.

David I

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

David I and his grandson Malcolm IV from a charter of 1159 from Kelso Abbey. It was David I who introduced the Templar Knights into Scotland and Leith in 1128.

School vision to become a reality

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

WORK to transform the childhood home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into a special school is set to begin within months after the project secured a £100,000 National Lottery grant.

The 18th-century Liberton Bank House will be a permanent home for Dunedin School, which is currently housed in a nearby Scout hall.

A GP practice will be built in the derelict gardens of the building next to the Cameron Toll Shopping Centre. The Sherlock Holmes creator lived in the house for four years during the 1860s, from the age of five. for more click here

Salvesen HQ earmarked for £30m homes development

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

A FAMOUS shipping giant’s former headquarters is set to be demolished to make way for a massive new housing development in one of Edinburgh’s most affluent areas.

Almost 90 new homes are planned to be built on the site of the old Christian Salvesen offices in Inverleith. for more click here

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