The History of Leith

February 2, 2008

Uneasy mix of old and new

John Arthur remembers a time when his delivery route was not nearly so long. As a volunteer for a South Leith church, he does the rounds pushing parish magazines through the letterboxes of a community that was traditionally situated in the area immediately around the church.

But Arthur has been having to put in more miles. The residential area of Leith, where Scotland’s capital Edinburgh meets the water, is bursting its traditional boundaries. Buoyed by a wave of property development, it now extends beyond the docks on to the vast harbours that once hummed with the sounds of shipbuilding, transport and trade. Having lost their traditional industries in the second half of the 20th century, these expanses of land today constitute a prime brownfield site for housing. for more click here

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