The Vennel is a narrow lane,
that runs beside the grounds of George Heriot's School.,
connecting the western end of the Grassmarket to the higher
ground, previously known as High Riggs, to the south.
The book, Modern Athens,
published in 1829,
reported on the difficulty in reaching the 'top' of the
Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle from this part of Edinburgh and
places to the South. It added:
"However, the 'George
the Fourth's Bridge', now in the course of being constructed
will remedy the inconvenience. ... The foundation stone of this
structure was laid in the month of August 1827."