Monuments on Calton Hill


Engraving from Modern Athens - published 1829

Calton Hill   -  The New Observatory and Playfair's Monument

Engraving from 'Modern Athens'  -  hand-coloured  -  Calton Hill Observatory

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Smith


Drawn by Thomas H Shepherd

Engraved by A Cruse


Calton Hill  -  The New Observatory & Playfair's Monument

Calton Hill is situated about half a mile east of the East End of Princes Street.  It affords impressive views along Princes Street, to Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, and across the Firth of Forth.

On the hill are two observatories (one shown here, which still has a working telescope), the Playfair Monument (shown here), the National Monument (never completed), the Nelson Monument and an old canon.

At the foot of the steps leading down from the hill towards Princes Street, behind a high wall is Rock House, the studio from which the early photographers, Hill and Adamson, produced their calotypes.

Rock House - Valentine post card 5



Engravings from Modern Athens  -  Published 1829

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