Gateway and Building on the

West side of The Vennel

The Gateway may have let to a shortcut to

The Jewish Temple

Photo

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Portal Gateway from the Vennel to the old Jewish Temple

The Portal Gate leading from The Vennel to the old Jewish Temple

  Keith Miller, Oban, Argyle & Bute, Scotland.                                                                                        Photo taken November 21, 2011

Photo

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Entrance to the old Jewish Temple, lying to the west of The Vennel

The Jewish Temple, half way down  The Vennel  -  November 2011

  Keith Miller, Oban, Argyle & Bute, Scotland.                                                                                        Photo taken November 21, 2011

 

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The Vennel

The Jewish Temple

The old Jewish Temple is one of the more hidden buildings in the centre of Edinburgh.  It lies to the west of the Vennel steps that lead from the Grassmarket to Heriot Place, beside George Heriot's School. ***

Thank you to Keith Miller for allowing me to reproduce the two photos above which he took on a bright Autumn afternoon in November 2011.

Acknowledgement:  Keith Miller, Oban, Argyle & Bute, Scotland:  November 26, 2011

The Jewsy

Don Johnston wrote in the 'Recollections: Edinburgh Names' page on the EdinPhoto web site:

"Granny Gillies used to tell us stories of the Vennel.  She told us that the area half way down the steps, on the west side, near the portal gateway, was called Jewsy because there had been a Jewish temple there."

Don Johnston, St Mary's, New South Wales, Australia:  February 22, 2011

*** Please see also 'Reply 1' below.

 

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David Broatch

New Zealand

I originally described the photo above as 'Entrance to Jewish Temple on west side of The Vennel'.

However, David Broatch, who is very familiar with this area, having been involved in reconstructing and restoring the north side of Brown's Place, and creating No.1 Vennel in 1971-72 has replied.

David wrote:

Entrance in The Vennel

" I don't believe that this is the entrance to the Jewish Temple. 

I don't know what this building used to be, but when I was working in the area in 1971-72, it was part of the Salvation Army facility, and was bricked up, as in this photo:

   

Synagogue

"The synagogue was up in the internal corner of Kier and Graham Streets  I believe that the higher arch in this photo, with the bar gates, may have been a shortcut into the Synagogue grounds:

David Broatch, New Zealand (since 1977):  July 1, 2014

 

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Buildings on the West Side of The Vennel

Further discussion on this topic continues on here:

The Vennel & Brown's Place  -  Recollections 9

 

The Vennel

Around Edinburgh

 

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