commentary accompanying the engraving in Modern Athens
described Waterloo Place:
houses of Waterloo Place are built upon several small arches,
and one of larger dimensions, which bear the name 'Regent
Bridge'. This crosses the Low Calton, and connects the
Hill with the ridge upon which the New Town is chiefly built.
Act of Parliament authorizing the erection of the bridge, and
the formation of the road from Princes Street to the Calton,
which may be deemed one of the most important of the recent
improvements in Edinburgh, was passed in 1814.
the North side of the street is the Waterloo Hotel, the
largest and most splendid establishment of the kind in
Edinburgh: amongst other apartments, is a coffee-room 80 feet by
40; and a dining-room of equal dimensions.
Theatre Royal, partially represented in the accompanying
Engraving is marked by its portico, and by statues of
Shakespeare, and the Muses of Tragedy and Comedy, placed as
acroters to the roof-pediment, and its lateral copings.
in such a respectable street, and in connexion, as it is, with
several handsome public buildings, this theatre makes a very
poor and mean appearance externally, although the interior
is fitted up with some degree of attention to the richness of