Tag: history

History: Granton Road Station

Long closed, to the West of the Wardie Rd exit, look for the remains of the old platforms of Granton Road Station. The station was on the Caledonian Line, linking Haymarket to Leith in 1864, with passenger services starting in 1879. Photo with per…

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Open Doors Day: Barclay Viewforth Church

Barclay Viewforth Church – 1 Wright’s Houses Open Sat 24/9 10am – 4pm Barclay Church was built in 1862-64 to the powerful Victorian Gothic design of Frederick Thomas Pilkington following an architectural competition. Heavily influenced by John Rus…

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History: WWII on Cramond Island

There are plenty of historical remains on Cramond Island: a medieval jetty, an old farmstead and WWII fortifications, including a gun emplacement and barracks. Sheep were kept here until the 1960s, and in the past there was oyster farming. The cau…

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History: Whale bones on the Meadows

Across the road from here is Jawbone Walk – look out for the giant whale jawbones straddling the entrance to the Meadows. They formed part of the 1886 International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art pavilion, held on the Meadows and were the…

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History: Granton Lighthouse

Granton Lighthouse, on West Harbour Road, was never a proper lighthouse. Built in 1845 by the Northern Lighthouse Board, it was used as a depot for shipping out goods and equipment to offshore lighthouses around the coast. The lantern was used to …

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