The History of Leith

September 30, 2012

What is a “Close” and what is a “Wynd”?

Favorite thing: There are numerous small streets that lead away (north and south) from the Royal Mile. Antique maps of the Old Town actually show the city resembling the skeleton of a fish with the castle as the head and the narrow streets on either side as the ribs. These are called “closes” and “wynds” (rhymes with kind). But what’s the difference, I hear you say? for more click here


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