Newhaven Road

Leading to the south from Newhaven
and across Ferry Road to Bonnington.


Old Postcards

Trams in Newhaven Road

Newhaven Road


Newhaen Road  -  One of the new electric trams in 1905

Newhaven Road

A new electric tram


Police Box

At the SE corner of Victoria Park

Police Box in Newhaven Road, at the SE corner of Victoria Park  -  2008


Police Box in Newhaven Road, at the SE corner of Victoria Park  -  2008



Recent photos

Lindsay Road - beside Leith Docks to the east of Newhaven harbour

Newhaven Road


Early  Photos

Alex Pringle and his tram in Newhaven Road


Cable Car

Newhaven Road  -  Proposed Road Widening, 1909


Proposed Road Widening


Whale Brae

The northern end of Newhaven Road

The steep slope at the northern end of Newhaven Road is known as Whale Brae.

Origin of the Name

In his book 'Newhaven-on-Forth: Port of Grace' Tom McGowran writes:

"Arctic whaling, which for centuries had drawn recruits from Scottish villages, took its quota of oarsmen from Newhaven.

They had learnt their skills closer to home for whales had been stranding themselves around the Fife and Lothian shores from pre-historic times and there is a tradition that the Whale Brae got its name from a school of seventeen whales which grounded itself there."

I believe there may also be other explanations of how Whale Brae might have got its name.

New Housing

At its northern end, at the foot of the brae, Newhaven Road meets Main Street, Newhaven.  Main Street used to be close to the Firth of Forth, but Leith Western Harbour was built to the north of Main Street in the mid-20th century.

Part of the Leith Western Harbour has now been reclaimed to create land for new housing, as can be seen from the photo below, which looks down Whale Brae towards Main Street and beyond.

Looking down from Newhaven Road to Main Street, Newhaven, and  beyond



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