Water of Leith

and Water of Leith Walkway

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1.

Leith

Old Photos

2.

Leith

1950s

3.

Leith

2005

4.

Leith

2006

5.

Leith

2007 onwards

6.

Canonmills to Stockbridge

2009

7.

Stockbridge to Dean

2009 + 2010

8.

Dean

2009 + 2010

9.

Colinton

2007

10.

Antony Gormley Statues

2010

11.

Stockbridge to Dean

Old Photos,
Maps + Aerial Photo

1.

Leith

Old Photos

Water of Leith - old boat yard and station near Junction Bridge, Leith

Date?

View up the Water of Leith
 from Junction Bridge

Water of Leith - dredger near Junction Bridge, Leith

Date?

Water of Leith
dredger near Junction Bridge

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

Lower Drawbridge
Removed 1910

Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

Lower Drawbridge
Removed 1910

   Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

1910

Upper Drawbridge

   Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

1910

Upper Drawbridge

 

2.

Leith

1950s

Leith  -  Dredging in the Water of Leith  -  1950s

Dredging the Water of Leith

 

3.

Leith

2005

The North Bank of the Water of Leith, opposite The Shore, Leith  -  October 2005

North Bank
opposite The Shore

Looking up the Water of Leith from Sandport Place Bridge, towards Bernard Street Bridge, Leith  -  October 2005

Looking downstream
towards Leith Docks

The North Bank of the Water of Leith, opposite The Shore, Leith  -  October 2005

Ronaldson's Wharf

Looking down the Water of Leith fromBernard Street Bridge, towards Sandport Place Bridge, Leith  -  October 2005

Looking upstream
towards Sandport Place Bridge

The cruise liner, Ocan Mist, moored on the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  October 2007

Ocean Mist

The cruise liner, Ocan Mist, moored on the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  October 2007

Ocean Mist

The cruise liner, Ocan Mist, moored on the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  November 2005

Ocean Mist

The cruise liner, Ocan Mist, moored on the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  November 2005

Ocean Mist

Quayside Mills, Quayside Street, Leith  -  Beside the Water of Leith  -  November 2005

Water of Leith Walkway
at Quayside Mills

 

4.

Leith

2006

'Mary of Guise' moored on the Water of Leith beside The Shore at Leith

Mary of Guise

 

5.

Leith

2007

   View across the Water of Leith to the Malmaison Hotel (former Sailors' Home) and The Shore, Leith

View to the Shore

   Cycles on the North Bank of the Water of Leith;  barges on the south bank, at The Shore, Leith

Cycles and Barges

   Ocean Mist, now Cruz Testaurant and Bar, moored beside the Shore, Leith

Cruz Bar and Restaurant

   Ocean Mist, now Cruz Testaurant and Bar, moored beside the Shore, Leith

Cruz Bar and Restaurant

    Timber Bush, Leith

Cruz from Timber Bush

Water of Leith and Victoria Swing Bridge, Leith

Victoria Bridge

2010

The Shore, Leith  -  Line across the cobbles showing the course of the Water of Leith from Balerno at the foot of the Pentland Hills to Leith

The Shore  -  Line showing
the course of the Water of Leith
from Balerno to Leith

 

6.

Canonmills to Stockbridge

2009

Looking SE across the Water of Leith to Stockbridge Colonies, Reid Terrace from Arboretum Acenue  -  December 2009

Reid Terrace

Looking east across the Water of Leith to Stockbridge Colonies, Reid Terrace from Arboretum Acenue  -  December 2009

Reid Terrace

Looking east across the Water of Leith to the backs of the buildings in Dean Bank Lane, Stockbridge  -  December 2009

Dean Bank Lane

Looking south across the Water of Leith to Stockbridge Colonies from Rockheid Path  -  December 2009

Stockbridge Colonies

Looking south across the footbridge over the Water of Leith to Stockbridge Colonies, Bell Place, from Rockheid Path  -  December 2009

Footbridge to Bell Place

    

7.

Stockbridge to Dean

C19

Greenland Mill on the Water of Leith, downstream from Dean Bridge - Photographed probably pre-1881

Pre-1881?

Greenland Mill

2009

Footprints on the footpath beside the Water of Leith betwen Dean and Stockbridge  -  December 2010

Footprints on the footpath
beside the Water of Leith

Dean Gardens and Water of Leith  -  December 2009

Dean Gardens
and Water of Leith

Dean Gardens and Water of Leith  -  December 2009

Dean Gardens
and Water of Leith

2010

St Bernard's Well - Beside the Water of Leith, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

St Bernard's Well
zoom-out

Statue to Hygieia, Greek goddess of health, in the center of the temple above St Bernard's Well, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

St Bernard's Well
zoom-in

 

8.

Dean

19th Century

Snow Plough at Dean Village  -  Late 19th century

George Washington Wilson

Looking East from Dean Bridge
towards Stockbridge

2009

Looking SW along the Water of Leith from the bridge at the foot of Dean Path

Dean Village
and Water of Leith

Miller Row, beside the Water of Leith and Dean Bridge

Miller Row beside the Water of Leith
and Dean Bridge

July 2010

Wild flowers beside the Water of Leith, behind the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Wild flowers beside the Water of Leith
behind the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Loking downstreeam along the Water of Leith, beside Hawthornbank Lane, Dean

Hawthornbank Lane

Loking downstreeam along the Water of Leith, beside Hawthornbank Lane, Dean

Hawthornbank Lane

Loking downstreeam along the Water of Leith, beside Hawthornbank Lane, Dean

Hawthornbank Lane

Loking downstreeam along the Water of Leith, beside Hawthornbank Lane, Dean

Hawthornbank Lane

Loking across the Water of Leith to Dean School on the north bank of the river

Dean School

Loking across the Water of Leith to Dean School on the north bank of the river

Dean School

Loking across the Water of Leith to Dean School on the north bank of the river

Dean School

Loking across the Water of Leith to Dean School on the north bank of the river

Dean School

Loking to the NE along the north bank of the Water of Leith towardss the bridge over the river at India Street

India Place Bridge

Looking NE, downstream, along the Water of Leith from Dean Path Bridge towards the church standing at the NW corner of Dean Bridge

View from Dean Path Bridge

Snow

December 2010

View from Dean Bridge  -  Looking to the west along the Water of Leith to Dean Vilage -  November 29, 2010

Looking West from Dean Bridge
to Dean Village

View from Dean Bridge  -  Looking to the east along the Water of Leith towards Stockbridge  -  November 29, 2010

Looking East from Dean Bridge
towards Stockbridge

View from Dean Path Bridge  -  Looking to the west along the Water of Leith to some of the houses in Dean Vilage -  November 29, 2010

Looking West from Dean Path Bridge
to some of the houses in  Dean Village

View from Dean Path Bridge  -  Looking to the east  along the Water of Leith towards Dean Bridge -  November 29, 2010

Looking East from Dean Path Bridge
towards Dean Bridge

View from Dean Path Bridge  -  Looking to the east  along the Water of Leith towards Dean Bridge -  November 29, 2010

Looking East from Dean Path Bridge
towards Dean Bridge,  zoom-in

 

9.

Colinton

2006

The Water of Leith Walkway, built on the course of the Edinburgh to Balerno Railway, at Upper Spylaw Mill, near Colinton

 

10.

Antony Gormley Statues

Several statues between Dean Gallery and Leith Western Harbour

One of the live-size cast iron figures in the artwork '6 Times' by Antony Gormley.  The statues are sited, most in the Water of Leith, between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Leith Docks

 

 

11.

Old Photos, Maps and Aerial Photograph

Stockbridge to Dean

Edinburgh  -  1844  -  Map produced for the Society for the Dissemination of Useful Knowledge  -  Section E

1844

Edinburgh Map  - 1925  -  Section E

1925

Aerial Photograph  -  2001  -  Section E

2001

Please click on any of the images above.  All three will appear on the same page.

 

Water of Leith

The Water of Leith is a small river that flows down from the Pentland Hills to the south-west of Edinburgh, through:

-   Balerno

-   Currie

-   Slateford

-   Dean

-   Stockbridge

-   Canonmills

-   Bonnington and

-   Leith

to enter the Firth of Forth at Leith Harbour.

On a ten mile length of the river, in the 19th century, there were:

-  24 flour mills

-  14 corn mills

-  12 barley mills

-    5 snuff mills

-    4 paper mills

-    2 lint mills and

-    2  leather mills

None are still operating as mills.

The last one closed in the late 20th century.

Source of information on the number of mills:  Donald Lindgren's book:  The Firth of Forth in Old Picture Postcards, Publ. European Library, 1989.

 

Leith  -  More Pictures

 

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