Looking down

The Pleasance

towards Holyrood Road and St Mary's Street

Looking down  to Holyrood Road and St Mary's Street  -  December 2007

John Knox House, High Street, Edinburgh  -  on a winter afternoon

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                         Photo taken:  December 22, 2007 at 3.48pm

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     Edinburgh University Buildings, The Pleasance, Edinburgh  -  December 2007


The Pleasance

The Location

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 Grassmarket).

The Wall

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.

The Flodden Wall and Police Box on the corner of Drummond Street and Pleasance  -  December 2007



Thank you to Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh who wrote:

Edinburgh University Buildings, The Pleasance, Edinburgh  -  December 2007

 "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 Street."

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  December 28, 2007

The tenements in Arthur Street were demolished around the 1960s.

Arthur Street

      Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  - Arthur Street with lemonade lorry



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