Sheriff Brae

Leith

Sheriff Brae

Demolished 1915

The corner of Sheriff Brae and St Andrew Street at Coalhill, Leith  -  Demolished 1915

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

Sheriff Brae

2011

The corner of Parliament Street (formerly St Andrew Street) and Sheriff Brae

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                           Photo taken:  January 25, 2011

 

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Demolished 1915

   The corner of Sheriff Brae and St Andrew Street at Coalhill, Leith  -  Demolished 1915 ©

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2011

    Looking to the SE along Sheriff Brae towards the corner of Parliament Street (formerly St Andrew Street) ©

 

Comparison of 'demolished 1914' photo  and 2011 photo

The Corner of St Andrew Street and Sheriff Brae

All the old buildings have survived.  New buildings and cars have arrived.  One of the old lamp posts has been positioned beside the new building.

 

Looking down Sheriff Brae towards the corner of

St Andrew Street and Sheriff Brae

Location

This view looks to the SE along Sheriff Brae towards the corner with St Andrew Street, now Parliament Street.  The tree on the left-hand side of this 2011 photo is beside this street corner.

The buildings on left of this row of houses, at the corner of the street, in the photo above are the same as the ones on the left-hand side of  the photo below, taken from a few yards further to the east at the corner of St Andrew Street.

The corner of Sheriff Brae and St Andrew Street at Coalhill, Leith  -  Demolished 1915 ©

 

 

 Sheriff Brae

1870 Map

Sheriff Brae is an extension to the west of Coalhill, the street beside what was the upper drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place.  The upper drawbridge can be seen on the 1870-71 map of Leith (below) immediately to the left of the letter 'L' of LEITH HARBOUR' printed along the centre of the Water of Leith.

Map of Edinburgh and Leith, 1870  -  Leith Section ©

 

Google Map

St Andrew Street is one of the Leith streets that was re-named to avoid duplication of names when Leith and Edinburgh merged in 1920.  St Andrew Street used to follow the course of what is now Parliament Street and the northern part of  Giles Street

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The corner of Sheriff Brae and St Andrew Street at Coalhill, Leith  -  Demolished 1915 ©

The corner in this photo is immediately to the left of the point on the 'A' arrow symbol on this Google map.

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Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910 ©

This photo of the upper drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place was taken from immediately to the right of the point on the 'A' arrow symbol on the same Google map.

 

 

Acknowledgement:  Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2010

The early photos above are from a series of photos posted onto boards in an old album that Archie Foley acquired a few years ago.  Archie believes that these are likely to be official photos that probably once belonged to Leith City Council.

 

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Frank Ferri

Newhaven, Edinburgh

Frank Ferri added:

Shirra Brae

"To this day, many old Leithers still refer to Sheriff Brae (the road linking Mill Lane and Coal Hill) as 'Shirra Brae'.

The Sheriff

"It was named after the  wealthy Leith Merchant, Sir John Logan of the Loganís of Coatfield, who became Sheriff of Leith.  His son, James, was knighted by king James IV and became Deputy Sheriff.

Sir John bestowed the lands to his son, along the Water of Leith from Bridge End (Sandport Place) to Ballantyne Rd and Leith Mills at North Fort. Mill lane was just then a rough walkway lined with hawthorn bushes. 

Sir Johnís manse was on the site now occupied by St Thomasís church."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  January 28, 2010

 

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