Eyre Place

Canonmills, Edinburgh


Horse, Rider, Eagle statue by Eoghan Bridge -  at Silvermiolls, Edinburgh

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                            Photo taken; February 24, 2011


Eyre Place

Site of Canonmills House

(now demolished)

This view looks to the east along Eyre Place at Canonmills.  The new light-coloured buildings in the centre of the photo are on the land surrounded by Eyre Place to the south and Eyre Crescent to the west, north and east.

They are built on the land where Canonmills House once stood.

Canonmills Loch was, at one time, a short distance to the south (out of this picture to the right) where King George V Playing Fields now stand.



Brian Clapp


Brian Clapp wrote:


"Did not a church used to be on the Eyre Place site of Canonmills House?"

Brian Clapp, Edinburgh:  April 18, 2011


Yes, some of the history of the site can be traced from these maps and aerial view of Canonmills.  The 1925 map shows a United Free Church on the site, but it has now been demolished and replaced by the new housing above.

This page on the Edinburgh in Pictures web site:

-   has an old engraving of Canonmills House and a photo of the new housing in Eyre Place, also named Canonmills House.

-   mentions that the church became Eyre Place Church, and that it was demolished in 1990.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 18, 2011



Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan who wrote with more information about the church that once stood on the site of Canonmills House.

Danny wrote:


"The church on the Eyre Place site was used for a long period by a confectionary wholesaler, probably close to the time when it was demolished."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  April 19, 2011



Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Allan Dodds wrote:


"When did Canonmills House exist?  There was always a church there in my time."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  April 20, 2011


Canonmills house was demolished a long time ago.

Here is a quote from Grant's book 'Old & New Edinburgh', published 1890 (before Eyre Place was built):

"Old Canonmills House, which faced Fettes Row, has been removed, and on its site was erected in 1880-1, a handsome United Presbyterian Church within a crescent."
[Old & New Edinburgh:  Volume 3 of 3:  Page 88]

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: April 20, 2011



Simon Capaldi

Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland

Simon Capaldi wrote:


"I can confirm that there was a wholesaler of confectionery based in the church.  I think it was called 'Sweet Service'.

Originally they were at the bottom of Dundas Street, at the corner of Eyre Place.  They relocated to the church after the Dundas Street site was earmarked for demolition.  They later moved to Slateford."

Simon Capaldi, Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland:  April 20, 2011



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