Signal Tower


Engraving from Modern Athens - published 1829

Leith Harbour  -  Signal Tower

Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  Signal Tower - Leith Harbour

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Drawn by Thomas H Shepherd

Engraved by J Henshall


Signal Tower

Signal Tower is beside the Water of Leith, at the north end of the Shore, close to the entrance to Leith Docks.  Here are some brief comments about the tower's history.

"In 1685 the King's Master Mason, Robert Milne, was granted land along the shore to build a sea wall to protect timber stores in Timber Bush, and also to build a windmill.

This was one of three windmills in Leith: the stone tower, now standing, was originally capped by timber storeys.

The battlements were built during the Napoleonic War when the tower became a Signal Tower, relaying flag messages to incoming ships."

The comments above are taken from a notice board at the Shore erected by the City of Edinburgh District Council, Forth Ports Authority and the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.


Engravings from Modern Athens  -  Published 1829

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