The History of Leith

February 22, 2007

A Stroll Down the Kirkgate

No matter where we lived or worked in Leith, at some time or another we would find ourselves drawn to the Kirkgate. Shops, Pubs, Billiard Hall, Theatre, Church, aye, even taking a saunter was reason enough to navigate the `Channel`.

With its varied buildings lining the non-symetrical journey from the `Fit o` the Walk` to Tolbooth Wynd, the Kirkgate became a mecca, not only for Leithers, but visitors like the seaman arriving in the Docks. I can still visage the Lascars, filing up the street in their dark dungarees always in single file. Often they would pop into one or other of the shops and emerge carrying their little parcels to take home to someone or another back in India. So many shops to visit. So many different types of goods to seek out. for more click here

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