Edinburgh

Castle to Calton Hill

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1830

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Edinburgh map, 1830 -  zoom-in to the area around Edinburgh Castle

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Route from the South to Edinburgh Castle

This detail from an 1830 map of Edinburgh shows the steep route from the Grassmarket, up West Bow, to Edinburgh Castle.

Within a few years a new, easier route was to be provided with the building of George IV Bridge.  Victoria Street was built, running up  a gentler slope to the east from the mid-point of West Bow until it met George IV Bridge at a point close to where Edinburgh Central library was built.

Victoria Street and other new roads of the period can be seen by clicking on the small map below:

1830 map, showing where

new roads were to be  built.

    Edinburgh map, 1830 -  zoom-in to the area around Edinburgh Castle  -  with new roads shown and key added

 

 

 

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Edinburgh Castle to Calton Hill

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Notes

It can be seen from the maps above that:

-  between 1830 and 1840:

-  George IV Bridge built.

-  Victoria Street built to the east of West Bow - not yet named on the map.

-  New West Approach built south of the castle - now named Johnston Terrace.

-  between 1840 and 1848:

-  Railway built through Princes Street Gardens.

-  between 1848 and 1865 (in fact, soon after 1948):

-  The second Gallery at the foot of the Mound built .

-  The Mound built .

Edinburgh Castle

1830 map  -  Edinburgh Castle to Calton Hill

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1830 map  -  Edinburgh Castle to Calton Hill  -  with new roads shown and key added

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All the images above are taken from the folding maps in Post Office Directories.

These maps were engraved by C Thomson (1830),  W H Lizars (1840,1848), John Bartholemew (1865). 

I have copied the same area of land each of these maps but some of the images are squarer than others.

-  The scales on the W H Lizars maps show this area to be approx. 1.25 miles x 0.75 miles.

-  The scale on the John Bartholemew map shows this area to be approx.1.50 miles x 0.75 miles.

-  The C Thomson map has no scale, but the proportions are similar to the John Bartholemew map.

-  The modern Ordnance Survey map shows this area to be approx.1.50 miles x 0.75 miles.

 

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