Stockbridge name derives from wooden foot bridge. Stockbridge was deemed the northern extension of Edinburgh's new town.

Stockbridge name derives from wooden foot bridge. Stockbridge was deemed the northern extension of Edinburgh's new town. The area was largely in part designed by Sir Henry Raeburn artist who was born in the area and also died at his house in Carlton Street in 1823. There were many notable people that lived in the area. James Young Simpson being the most eminent lived with his brother David who was a master baker at No.1 Raeburn place on the corner of Dean Street and opened his first practice at 2 Deanhaugh Street. Christopher North lived in 29 Anne Street before moving to No. 6 Gloucester Place. There were street name changes from when first erected Veitch's Square named after the baker there was Virgin's Square, India Place was Athole Street, Upper Dean Terrace was Mineral Street, North West Circus Place was Stockbridge Brae.   


While in Edinburgh visit the Stockbridge Sunday Market 200 yards from St Bernard’s Well and next to the Water of Leith. Stockbridge has many shops, bars and restaurants and is close to the city centre.

Hygeia Greek Goddess of Health

A natural mineral spring was discovered on the Water of Leith near to Stockbridge in 1760, some claimed that the water could cure everything.

In 1789 a building was erected over the well a Doric Temple with a dome and statue inside of Hygeia the Greek goddess of health. It was called St Bernard's Well. Another well was also found a short distance west and this was called St George’s Well. This was also to have the same powers as St Bernard’s Well but was never used to the extent of St Bernard's Well

Doric Temple of St Bernard's Well

Water of Leith Walkway from Saunders Street

at The Dene Archway to St Bernard's Well

The Water of Leith and the source of the mineral water for St Bernard's Well and St George's Well

 The Dene Archway to St Bernard's Well

St George's Mineral Well


John Wilson a writer, author, advocate and Professor of moral philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He was most frequently identified by his pseudonym Christopher North.

His family home was 29 Ann Street before having to move and live at his mother’s house No 6 Gloucester Place with his family due to almost bankruptcy caused by his uncle’s dishonest speculation with his money. Through hard work he recovered to move his family to their new home in Ann Street where he remained until his death in 1854. His statue stands in East Princes Street Gardens between the mound precinct and the Walter Scott monument.


The Horse Rider and Eagle bronze was sculpted by Eoghan Bridge who was born in Edinburgh in 1963. The sculptor was completed in 1997 and can be found at the corner of a new housing development in Silvermills, Stockbridge. There is also a further statue on the bridge at Festival Square Lothian Road. The Silvermills area was once a small hamlet where there were a number of mills that processed silver.

The silver coming from the mines at Hilderslane Linlithgow.


Sir Ernest Shackleton Antarctic explorer lived at

14 South Learmonth Gardens from 1904 -1910.

There are also great views of Fettes College in this area.

Where ex - Prime Minister Tony Blair went to school


The Edinburgh Academy opened its doors to pupils on 1st October 1824. Robert Louis Stevenson and

 James Clark Maxwell were two former students.  Sir Walter Scott, Lord Cockburn and Sir Robert Dundas

were just a few that instituted the Academy in 1832.

Etching of Canonmills Loch by John W Ewbank 1825 curtesy of


David I built mills for the Augustinian canons of Holyrood, hence the origin of the place name Canonmills. The area from Dundas Street to Canonmills was once a Loch fed by the Water of Leith river.

In the mid 1700s the water in the loch receded and only covered the area now King George V Park stands with the surrounding area marsh land which was called Canon Mills Haugh. The water depth of Canonmills loch at that time was less than 6 foot and in cold winters the loch froze and curling and ice skating took place on the frozen loch. Near to where Robert Louis Stevenson was born he mentions the loch in his writings "Catriona". The Canonmills loch was drained in 1847 and years later a philanthropist

called John Cox built the Royal Gymnasium. due to the lack of use it was closed and the ground was taken over by St Bernard's football club in 1878. St Bernard's were a successful team and won the Scottish Cup in 1895. Another memorable game was when 27000 spectators watch St Bernard's beating Hibernian 1 - 0.

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King George V Park

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