The History of Leith

February 28, 2007

Archaeology Dissertation on Edinburgh City Poorhouse

In 1870, the Poorhouse in Edinburgh moved from its overcrowded premises on Forrest Road, to an innovative purpose-built complex at Craiglockhart. The complex remained in use until 1987 when it was finally closed. It gradually metamorphosed over the years into a hospital and then an old people’s home, but it apparently never actually closed as a Poorhouse, so there is no definite finishing date for Craiglockhart Poorhouse. The Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club started to lease some of the land formerly belonging to the Poorhouse in 1907, and their lease continues to this day. It is on this Golf Club land that the midden on which I am doing my dissertation is located. for more click here

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