Wester Coates lies on the southern side of West Coates,
opposite Donaldson's Hospital. West Coates is part of
the A8 Edinburgh-Glasgow road, between Haymarket and Roseburn.
Wester Coates comprises several streets of houses built for the
working-class between 1863 and 1874 by James McKelvie, coal
The old houses on the
northern edge of Wester Coates (West Catherine Place,
Stanhope Place, Devon Place) and at the west (Carberry Place,
Pembroke Place - see views below) are still standing.
However the old houses
further east (including Eglinton Place, Elgin Place, Sutherland
Street, Surrey Place, Surrey Square, Borthwick Place) were
demolished and replaced by newer housing.
Thank you to Simon Capaldi who lived in Osborne
Terrace from 1970 to 1992 for telling me that the old houses were
demolished in the mid-1970s. - Simon
Capaldi: April 16, 2009.
The cobble stones that make the surface of Pembroke Place
probably look today very much as they did when the street was
built. The original surface of Carberry Place is not so easy
to find today. Both streets were built in 1866.