Granton - Wardie -
Earl of Hertford and his army of ten thousand men arrived with
instructions from Henry VIII to burn Edinburgh and capture its castle.
They landed on the beach bordering Wardie Moor. They seized
Leith but not
Queen of Scots married the Dauphin of France. A cannonball was fired
from the cannon, Mons Meg, at Edinburgh Castle and landed in Wardie Moor,
where Wardie School is now situated. A reward of ten shilling scots
was paid to the men who found the cannonball and carried it back to
Cromwell's men were in the district, building the Citadel of Leith.
It was reported that they "purchased for £60 the ruinous manor-place of
Wardie with power to pull it down and remove all stones and timber,, and
to win all manner of stone from the quarrying betwixt the House of Wardie
and the sea so long as they should be abuilding of the Citadel."
The land was still mainly used for farming. There were a few large
mansions built as country homes for the wealthy of Edinburgh and Leith.
Trinity Road followed the edge of the existing fields as it wound its way
down to the coast.
By 1831, the only other roads in the district
were Ferry Road, Lower Granton Road (still a cart track, often washed away
by storm and tide) and a road running to the north from
Ferry Road to
the coast, passing through what is now Wardie School playing fields.
Work commenced on building
was built and opened on Queen Victoria's Coronation Day, 28 June 1838.
It took until the 1860s to complete the harbour.
Granton Road, leading to Granton Harbour was
described in the 1845 New Statistical Account for Scotland as "one of the
finest roads in Scotland, both as regard to its breadth and construction".
railway line from Edinburgh reached Trinity Station in 1844 and went
on to terminate at Granton Harbour in 1850
Most of the roads and houses in the district of Trinity, which lies to the
Granton Road, were built in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Zetland Place, Lomond Road, Stirling Road and
Lennox Row were all named after ships registered in Leith in the 1870s and
Early 20th century: Housing was
built to the west of Granton Road, roads being named after:
- Boswell of Blackadder, a 19th century landowner.
- Andrew Grierson, town clerk of Edinburgh.
- Provost Fraser of Dunfermline.
1931: Wardie School was opened on 15
September 1931 with 96 boys and 132 girls of all ages from five to twelve.
Many had transferred from Trinity or Bonnington Academy, so saving
themselves the daily journey by steam train from
Granton Road Station to Trinity Station.
The details above are based on notes that I wrote for a
booklet to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Wardie Primary School.
The booklet was published by Wardie Parents' Association in 1981, and a
copy was presented to each of the pupils attending the school in September
Unfortunately I did not keep a record of the original
source material used to compile these notes.