towards Holyrood Road and St Mary's Street
Looking down to
Holyrood Road and St Mary's Street -
Photo taken: December 22, 2007 at
This view looks to the north,
down The Pleasance towards its junction at the bottom of the hill with:
- St Mary's Street (leading straight ahead up the hill to the
north, past the Travelodge Hotel, towards the Royal Mile and Waverley.
- Holyrood Road (leading to the right, towards the new Dynamic Earth
exhibition and the new Scottish Parliament).
- Cowgate (leading to the left, out of picture, towards the
The high wall on the left of
this photo is part of the Flodden Wall, built around Edinburgh to protect
it from invasion by the English, following the Battle of Flodden in 1513
in which King James IV was killed.
Here we see the SE corner of the wall, leading up the Pleasance then
turning right along
Drummond Street (out of the photo, on the left).
This section of the wall originally enclosed the Blackfriar's Monastery.
Thank you to Bob Henderson,
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh who wrote:
"I've just been looking at
your shot, looking down the Pleasance, and thought it might be worth mentioning
that the grassy slope from the Flodden Wall to the pavement on the Pleasance was
once a row of tenements which disappeared at about the same time as Arthur
Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh: December 28, 2007
The tenements in Arthur Street were demolished around the 1960s.