The History of Leith

June 16, 2012

Newhaven, Edinburgh

Newhaven is a district in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, between Leith and Granton. Formerly a village and harbour on the Firth of Forth, it currently has approximately 5,000 inhabitants. Newhaven is a conservation area, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the city centre. Newhaven is one of 40 Conservation Areas in Edinburgh. The Newhaven Conservation Area was designated in 1977.It has a very distinctive building form, typical of many Scottish fishing villages, with a ‘forestair’ leading to accommodation at first floor level. The lower ground floor was used for storing nets.

Victoria Primary School, established in the 1850s, is a historic building in Newhaven Main Street, and is the oldest local authority Primary School still in use within the City of Edinburgh. It has a school roll of around 145 children. The new Western Harbour development extends north into the Firth of Forth from Newhaven. It is also the home of Next Generation Sports Centre (now named David Lloyd Newhaven Harbour), where the tennis player Andy Murray regularly played as a youngster. for more click here

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