North New Town Edinburgh

Broughton Area

A further extension of the new town. Top of Leith, Picardy Place, Greenside, Broughton Street, Hart Street, East London Street and Baxter Place.

Historic Sites, Stories And Attractions

Broughton Area

You will find the sites of statues, monuments,  Buildings, Plaques and Sculptures. 

 St Mary’s Cathedral 

St Mary’s Edinburgh is the cathedral church of the archdiocese of St Andrew and Edinburgh and the first masses were held in August 1814. The Cathedral is the setting for the solemn mass for the opening of the Edinburgh Festival. In 1982 Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral and prayed at the shrine of Saint Andrew which can be seen within the church building.

Professor Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi Sculptors

The Foot, The Hand and the Ankle is a sculpture in three-pieces that stand outside St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral at the top of Leith Walk. Professor Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi sculptor, was born at 6 Crown Place in 1924. His family came from the Monte Cassino area of Italy. He was knighted in 1989 and sadly died in April 2005 at 81 years.

Picardy Place 

North New Town Edinburgh

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre can be found at 25 Palmerston Place where The Edinburgh Association of Spiritualists is based and where you can see mediums at work. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a strong believer in the afterlife.  Arthur Conan Doyle’s also lived at 23 George Square Edinburgh (1876 - 1880).

Sir Walter Scott was brought up 2 doors down where his parents had the family home.

 
 Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859, 11 Picardy Place Edinburgh. The statue stands where his house used to stand Conan Doyle was a novelist, short story writer, poet and doctor of medicine.  He is most famous for the stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was deeply involved in Spiritualism and the Occult. He declared early on in his life that he believed in life after death and the communication with those who passed away. He died in 1930. His last words were addressed to his wife. He whispered "You are wonderful."

Birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Plaque
Greenside Place
North New Town Edinburgh

Two Giraffe Sculptures

The Giraffes are made of scrap metal from motorbikes and cars and stand proudly outside the Omni Centre. The giraffe’s official title is “Dreaming Spires” but they have been nicknamed Martha and Gilbert.

 

Baxter Place

North New Town Edinburgh

Robert Stevenson

Stevenson House

 

Robert Stevenson was a famous engineer and grandfather to Robert Louis Stevenson the famous writer. He lived at 1 Baxter's Place where the Marriott Group have renovated the houses and made them into a magnificent 4 Star Hotel where a bust of Robert Stevenson now stands. 

Robert Stevenson built many of the lighthouses that stand around the shores of Britain.

He also built bridges of which his last was the Regent bridge that joined the east to Princes Street over what was Leith Wynd the only road to the New Town from the east. 

Robert Stevenson Engineer Edinburgh
Stevenson House 1-3 Baxter Place Edinbur
 

Forth Street 

North New Town Edinburgh

Hart Street Studios

Edinburgh

This is where the Flower of Scotland Writers the Corries had their music studio.

Hart Street Studios Plaque Broughton Edi
 

East London Street

North New Town Edinburgh

 

Gayfield House

A local builder built Gayfield House circa 1763 and sold it to Lord Thomas Erskine in 1765, who died a year later when the property became the residence of David the 6th Earl of Leven  In 1873  the house became a veterinary school which moved to become the Veterinary School a part of the University of Liverpool. Gayfield House was sold to William Cockburn merchant in 1904. It has been a laundry a garage for car repairs and in 1990 in became derelict. A builder saved it from demolition and restored the house to its former glory. (18 East London Street Edinburgh)

Gayfield House East ondon Street Edinbur
 

Broughton Street

North New Town Edinburgh

Barony Bar

The Barony stands on land which was once part of the ancient “Barony of Broughton in the parish of St Cuthbert's in the Shire of Edinburgh”, an area notorious in the days gone by as a haunt for witches and followers of the “Black Arts”. Indeed Broughton Street itself is built where formally there once stood thatched cottages, one reputedly to have been called the “Witches Howf” and dungeons which at one time held worshippers of the “Black Arts” while they awaited execution.

 

The building which currently houses the Barony was part of a five story corner basement bit built in 1830 by Walter Burns, an upholsterer and David Chalmers, a Baker, who both traded from the premises. The building has seen many tradesmen including J Stewart, surgeon; John Murdock, grocer; James Walker, guilder; W & G Williams, marble cutters;

and John Moffat, stationer to name a few.

In 1919, John McLaughlin Wine and spirit merchant bought the licensed house premises and cellars at 83 / 85 Broughton Street from Jordan Sinclair for £1100, having already acquired the other half in 1896. It was then purchased in 1944 by

Thomas Urquhart Forsyth who I year later purchased number 81. The combined properties were then sold to

William Younger & Co in 1955 with title transferring to Scottish brewers in 1959. In 1966 the secretary of state for Scotland listed the property as a “building of special architectural and historic interest”.

T &J Bernard

Barony Bar Plaque Broughton Edinburgh
 

Scotland Street

North New Town Edinburgh

In Scotland Street is a closed archway which trains used to come out of. The rail line ran from Waverley to Granton harbour and the tunnel was known as the Scotland Street Tunnel. It opened in May of 1847 and closed in 1868 due to modernisation and other routes. The Entrance can still be seen at Scotland Street Park below Scotland Street.

Canal Tunnel at Scotland Street once the raiway from Princes Street Edinburgh
 

East Claremont Street

North New Town Edinburgh

Thomas David Anderson

 Thomas David Anderson discovered Nova Aurigae and then found Nova Persei circa 1,500 light-years from Earth both from his home in East London Street.

A Nova is any of a class of exploding stars whose luminosity temporarily increases from several thousand to as much as 100,000 times its normal level. 

Thomas D Anderson was presented by the Royal Society of Edinburgh with the prestigious Gunning Victoria Jubilee Prize for his discovery. Thomas Anderson went on to make further discoveries, circa 50 variable stars,

which did not include Nova Aquilae in 1918 and comet 17P/Holmes in 1892.

Thomas David Anderson Plaque East London Street Edinburgh

Mansfield Place 

North New Town Edinburgh

 

Mansfield Traquair Centre

The Traquair centre was a Catholic Apostolic Church built in1893. The centre is named after the area and the Irish Arts and Crafts artist Phoebe Anna Traquair. You can see her work in Colinton Village. The centre is also a very busy wedding venue.

 

Broughton Road

North New Town Edinburgh

Powderhall Stables

Broughton Edinburgh was once where Powderhall Refuse Depot stables and offices were. The Victorian building was built in 1893 when household rubbish was collected by horse-drawn carts. A lot of which was ash from the coal fires. This could be the origin of the name Powderhall, as all the ash was deposited behind the building. The Stables were also used when visiting cavalry were at the Edinburgh International Festival.  Broughton is part of the New Town North but has borders with Leith Walk and Pilrig Street which once was outside Edinburgh (1920).

Powderhall Stables Edinburgh
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