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Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh New Town

and

George Street

Old Town

By the mid 17th century, there were too many Edinburgh inhabitants to fit comfortably into the Old Town.  Buildings in the Royal Mile, within the city walls, were high with poor sanitation, and the closes between them were narrow.

New Town

Under Provost Drummond, a competition was held to design a ‘New Town’. This would extend Edinburgh to the north by building on the open farmland  beyond the Nor’ Loch, about half a mile to the north of the Old Town.  The only road in this area was Lang Dykes, with its dry stone walls.

James Craig, then 22 years old, won this competition in 1766.  His plan was revised the following year and building commenced in 1767.  Craig’s plan proposed that a new street, George Street (named after George III) should be built along the ridge to the north of the Nor’ Loch.

Access to this land to the north of the Nor' Loch had been difficult, but later the loch was later drained in 1763 to create what is now Princes Street Gardens.  Six years later, the North Bridge opened, and in 1779 work began on creating the Earthen Mound (now the Mound) to link the Old and New towns of Edinburgh.

George Street

George Street was to be the grandest and widest street in the New Town, 115 ft broad, linking two new squares, St Andrew Square and St George Square. It was subsequently decided that St George Square should be named Charlotte Square after Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.

The other main streets in Craig’s Plan were Queen Street and Princes Street flanking George Street on the north and south, and Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street forming a grid.  

To encourage Old Town residents to move to the New Town, a £20 prize was offered to the first person to build their home in the New Town.  This was won by George Young who laid his foundation stone in George Street in 1867.  His house can now be seen in Thistle Court, to the north of George Street.

In the late-1860s, as the building work began, George Street would have resembled a straight country road with fences on either site.  It was to be another two or three decades before all the houses in George Street were  built. 

Statues, including one to George IV who visited Edinburgh in 1822 were later added to the George Street junctions with Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street.

The street layout around George Street today is still the same as appeared in Craig's plan drawn up in the 1760s.  More streets have been built following further plans, created between 1802 and 1822, to extend the New Town further to the west, north and east.

Initially, George Street was mainly residential.  During the 19th and 20th centuries, several banks and insurance companies created new offices in the street, but in recent years most of these have found new use as bars and night clubs, and a number of new up-market shops have moved into the street.

Other prominent buildings built in George Street included The George Hotel, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, St Andrew’s & St George’s Church, The Assembly Rooms and The Freemasons’ Hall.

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks