Craigleith Quarry


Engraving from Modern Athens - published 1829

Craigleith Quarry  -  looking towards Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle

Engraving from 'Modern Athens'  -  hand-coloured -  Craigleith Quarry

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Smith


Drawn by Thomas H Shepherd

Engraved by W Wallis



Craigleith Quarry

This view looks towards Edinburgh from Craigleith Quarry  -  the source of stone for building Edinburgh New Town.  

Workers can be seen in the quarry.

In the background is Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle.  Johnstone Terrace and Edinburgh Castle - Photograph by Begbie

The quarry no longer exists.  The quarry has now been filled and is the site of the Craigleith Retail Centre, comprising a Sainsbury supermarket and other shops.

Please click here to read comments on Craigleith Quarry, taken from the book Modern Athens in which these engravings appeared.


Engravings from Modern Athens  -  Published 1829

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