The History of Leith

March 12, 2011

The Kirkgate in 1885 (Now gone)

One of the oldest and principal streets of Leith is the Kirkgate, a somewhat stately thoroughfare as compared with those off it, measuring eleven hundred feet in length from the foot of the Walk to
the Water Reservoir (called of old The Pipes) at the head of Water Lane, by an average breadth of fifty feet. ” Time and modern taste,” says Wilson, ” have slowly, but very effectually, modified its antique
features. No timber-fronted gable now thrusts its picturesque facade with careless gracebeyond the line of mote staid and formal-looking
ashlar fronts. Even the crowsttpped gables of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries becoming the exception ; it is only by the irregularity which still pertains to it, aided by tliĀ« few resily picturesque
tenements which remain unaltered, that it now attracts the notice of the curious visitor sees the genuine remains of the ancient High Street of the burgh. Some of these relics of former times are well worthy the notice of the antiquary,

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