Cairngorm House

and

Grampian House

Lindsay Road, Leith

View from the top floor of Fort House

Cairngorm House and Grampian House under construction, 1962

  Andrew Shortel, Newhaven, Edinburgh

 

Cairngorm House and Grampian House

Location

Thank you to Andrew, Shortel for allowing me to reproduce the photograph above of Cairngorm House and Grampian House, together known as Leith Fort Towers.  This photo was taken from the top floor of Fort House

Here is a view looking in the opposite direction, from one of the upper floors in Cairngorm House or Grampian House, looking down on Fort House

Location

Cairngorm House and Grampian House were situated  in Lindsay Road, across the road from Caledonian Railway's Leith North Station, about half a mile to the east of Newhaven Harbour.

The view to the north from Cairngorm House and Grampian House looked over Leith Docks.

This view to the south, looked down on Fort House.

 Looking down on Fort House from either Cairngorm House or Grampion House

1962-1997

The towers, were each 59 meters high with 22 floors, were completed in 1962-63 and used until the residents were re-housed in the early 1990s. The towers were demolished in 1997 and have now been replaced by apartments, 7 storeys high.

I don't know which year this photo was taken.

1962

Please click on the thumbnail image below to see a photograph of Cairngorm House and Grampian House under construction, taken by Andrew Shortel's father, Drew, and to read recollections of living there.

Cairngorm House and Grampian House under construction, 1962

  

Cairngorm House and Grampian House

Recollections

Andrew Shortel, who used to live in Cairngorm House, tells me he heard that Cairngorm House and Grampian House were meant to be facing onto the main road, i.e. that the front rooms were supposed to be facing north towards the Firth of Forth, but construction was already underway before somebody twigged!

Andrew does not know whether this was just a local story or whether it is true!

Andrew Shortel, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  May 27, 2007

 

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