The History of Leith

February 26, 2007

Headland Archaeology – Giles Street, Leith, Edinburgh

An enormous area (three thousand five hundred square metres) of the historic core of Leith is being excavated by Headland Archaeology on behalf of Barratt East Scotland. The excavations at Giles Street, where 20th century warehouse buildings have recently been demolished to make way for redevelopment, covers at least two city blocks. The excavations link two of Leith’s early streets, Giles Street and St Andrew’s Street, which date to the 16th century or earlier, but which have both almost entirely disappeared in the course of slum clearance and redevelopment over the late 19th and 20th centuries. Next to the site, The Vaults, a 17th century building constructed over extensive late 16th century vaulted cellars, is one of the few old buildings surviving in the area. for more click here

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