Leith was the scene of the dockers strike in 19 recounted in the book red scotland. History of edinburgh past, present and future of edinburgh. Victoria dock lies in front of the new scottish office and is now out of use as a commercial dock. Liner 1932 my dad used to take me walking in leith docks, and to the sands at the martello tower when i was about 7 years old. See why it was listed, view it on a map, see visitor comments and photos and share your own comments and photos of this building. In edinburgh there were dominican friars, dressed in black, and the augustinian friars, dressed in grey. There are 4 ways to get from edinburgh to leith by bus, taxi, towncar or foot. The king then developed another harbour at the shore for his own use. About the ship luxury floating hotel fingal edinburgh. As edinburghs port, it saw many royal figures pass through its gates. Select an option below to see stepbystep directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in rome2rios travel planner.
To celebrate the year of history, heritage and archaeology, this unique visitor experience will bring edinburgh. The docks at leith, the port town of edinburgh, scotland, source soldiers aloft. The spoken recollections transcribed for this volume were recorded in interviews by the scottish working peoples history trust. This is an interesting chapter in the history of leith in the first world war.
Leith,dry dock off sandport street, leith, city of edinburgh. Discover the rich history of edinburgh through 101 of its most treasured objects. Drama at leith docks as old 80ft fishing boat is saved. The history of leith, from the earliest accounts to the. The proposals are part of a draft framework, produced by forth ports in conjunction with edinburgh city council, which has set out a 15year vision for leith docks. Leith and edinburgh now blend seamlessly together, just a short ride apart on one of the many connecting buses or an invigorating walk. Jan 26, 2020 edinburgh relied on leith as one of its leading economic and industrial centers after the merger. A historical postcard from leith, scotland origins. Leith used to be an industrial area but since the 1980s it has. The leith dockers strike of 19 was a strike of the dockers of leith, scotland from 26 june to 14 august 19. As a community, our history is deeply interlinked with the fortunes of the docks and it feels befitting to remember our historic, shipbuilding past in this way. Rome2rio is a doortodoor travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world.
The leith shipyards, so named for their base in the port of leith, are the focus of this book, with particular reference to the history and ships originating from what would become the henry robb shipyard. Rome2rio makes travelling from edinburgh to leith easy. Berthed in edinburgh, follow in the footsteps of royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Leith has played a long and prominent role in scottish history. Edinburgh to leith 3 ways to travel via bus, taxi, uber. Leith is the docks area of edinburgh but few tourists come here except to shop at the ocean terminal and see the royal yacht britannia. The book abounds in facts concerning people, locations, policies, events, etc. Leith market edinburgh 2020 all you need to know before. Discover the dark side of scotlands capital on a historical walking tour that covers edinburgh s morbid past. Leith got its gates in 1970ish, to make it a ship port that could be entered, and left 247, 7 days a week all year round. Leith book shows pictures of historic area edinburgh news. Sometimes a quiet bar is good, sometimes just your own bedroom.
It has been edinburghs port since the settlement first required it, and has since served for freight, whaling, cruise liners and even briefly as an airport when flying boats used its waters in the 1940s. To enable us to best serve you, our guests and protect the health of our staff in light of the extraordinary impact of covid19, we have taken the decision to close fingal from tuesday 24 march until further notice. Jul 22, 2019 also of interest adjacent to the dry dock is the last remaining boundary wall from the innes and grieve bonded warehouse. Leith lies to the north of edinburgh on the southern shore of the firth of forth. My dad used to take me walking in leith docks, and to the sands at the martello tower when i was about 7 years old. Leith,dry dock off sandport street is a scheduled monument in leith, city of edinburgh, scotland. The harbour at leith is a large commercial port with a series of docks, dry docks, cranes, depots and stores. Leith docks, then and now leith was edinburgh s window to the world in the centuries before railways and air transport. Located to the north east of edinburgh, less than 3 miles from the city centre, the port has access to scotlands road and rail networks and is well positioned for all north sea shipping activities. Riverside walking areas water of leith walkway and the bustling leith walk with grocery stores and.
Built in 1809 to defend the entrance to leith harbour, now halfburied in the e breakwater, it rises as a circular ashlar tower from a battered base to a cordon and parapet. Leith uk ports the comprehensive guide to the uk\s ports. Leith docks local flavor leith, leith, leith, edinburgh. Plans for massive regeneration of edinburghs leith docks given goahead the city of edinburgh council this week wednesday, 27 august 2008 gave outline planning permission for a development framework for leith docks, the largest planning application in edinburghs history. A history of the ships built at the henry robb shipyard in leith, scotland. Serving edinburghs shipbuilding and repair facilities, leiths port saw the opening of a new wet dock, the first of its kind in scotland. The port of leith, a book published by leith chamber of commerce, 1937. Leith edinburgh 2020 all you need to know before you go. Maps of leith in the 19th century show expansion of the dock area with more and larger docks being created mid1900s.
Leith was merged with edinburgh in 1920 despite a plebiscite in which the people of leith voted 26,810 to 4,340 against the merger. There were dramatic scenes at leith docks as an old fishing boat was saved from sinking by emergency teams. At malmaison edinburgh leith, relax with friends in our elegant cocktail bar and on sunny days, our waterfront terrace comes to life, offering the perfect spot to sip on sauvignon. Over time leith docks became known as the port of edinburgh and ship building. Media in category leith docks the following 92 files are in this category, out of 92 total. While the story of leith is in part the story of kings and queens, merchants and mariners, it is more the story of the ordinary people who lived in leith and worked in its docks and industries often in conditions that we would regard as intolerable nowadays.
Leith is a port area in the north of the city of edinburgh, scotland, at the mouth of. Most of the book comprises photographs taken by malcolm fife in the 1970s. Each individual recorded speaks directly of his experiences working in edinburgh s leith docks. He took me to meet my mother when she came off one of the liners in leith docks in 1932. With a distinct social and cultural identity and a rich history that can lay.
Leith is usually thought of as the port or dock area of edinburgh. Leith docks masterplan, edinburgh harbour redevelopment. The transition years by malcolm fife is a book that will delight all those who have visited modern leith and wondered about the background to its redeveloped harbourside areas and the remaining port, which continues to flourish beyond the office developments, apartment blocks, shopping centres and warehouse conversion restaurants. Leith the port of edinburgh is now an integral part of the scottish capital, but many reidents strive to retain their independent spirit, aware of their significant place in history. Leith was originally an independent port city outside of edinburgh. Leith edinburgh 2020 all you need to know before you. The dockers were part of the national union of dock labourers nudl union. It has been edinburgh s port since the settlement first required it, and has since served for freight, whaling, cruise liners and even briefly as an airport when flying boats used its waters in the 1940s.
The shore area has coastal seafood bistros and traditional pubs. But theres no better thinking spot than leith docks. Leith docks became known as the port for edinburgh and modest. During the fourteenth century, commerce began to grow and edinburgh became known for its wool, exported from port leith along with leather goods. The water of leith walkway is a beautiful 12 34 mile walk through the heart of edinburgh, however, there are sometimes engineering works and walkway diversions in place subscribe to our blog for the latest information. Thousands of facts presented in a timeordered manner. The old railroad bridge that ran parallel to leith s docks, a lasting symbol of leith s industrial past.
The history of leith, from the earliest accounts to the present period. Forth near leith docks, to defend edinburgh from the french in the napoleonic wars. Serving edinburgh s shipbuilding and repair facilities, leith s port saw the opening of a new wet dock, the first of its kind in scotland. Leith is a port area in the north of the city of edinburgh, scotland, at the mouth. It includes a brief history of leith docks and details of shipping in 1937. An excursion steamer leaving the west pier circa 1900. Luxury accommodation in edinburgh fingal floating hotel. Leith local history society raised once again the question of a museum for leith which had been promised in the 1920s after the amalgamation with edinburgh but had never materialised. Also proposed is a new cruise liner terminal, an extension to the ocean terminal shopping centre, a major new civic space around the imperial dry dock, and a marine windfarm. Forth ports leith is scotlands largest enclosed deepwater port with the capability of handling vessels up to 50,000 deadweight tonnes. I find that i have apparently become an author with the publication of my first book last of the hard hat divers this book was meant simply as a tribute to the men of the merchant navy during world war 2 and a history of my own diving carreer as one of the last of the standard hard helmet divers and the book was first produced in a home made book form to be distributed among my family alone. Its shipping heyday is behind it now, but the popular dockside restaurants, bars and shops have a unique charm and make leith a vibrant place to hang out. The author begins with a historical introduction that takes you from the. Tour scotland wee video of old photographs of leith to the north of the city of edinburgh.
Here you see an 1845 view of the shipyard at edinburgh with the ship leith docking and cockburn tied up on the right. The old railroad bridge that ran parallel to leiths docks, a lasting symbol of leiths industrial past. Registered in leith, she was stationed for 30 years in oban and then for 6 years in stromness, ferrying lighthouse keepers, essential supplies and maintenance staff to lighthouses, as well as undertaking repairs to navigational aids throughout the west coast and the north of scotland. Permission is given for the construction of leiths first dry dock. Heritage and retro heritage 25 photos showing leith as it looked in the 1980s before regeneration much has been made of the social changes that have taken place in the regenerated leith district. It is well maintained and the victorian developments are still extant.
These may well include royal visits to edinburgh and leith. Also of interest adjacent to the dry dock is the last remaining boundary wall from the innes and grieve bonded warehouse. Leithers still remember and speak of this fire as one of the most destructive in the history of the town, the damage amounting to. The ship sailed to the orkneys and denmark but i dont remember its name. This article is a timeline of the history of edinburgh, scotland, up to the present day.
Uk ports the comprehensive guide to the uks commercial ports. Find all the transport options for your trip from edinburgh to leith right here. The 80ft golden splendour started taking on water while berthed in the port, shortly before 7pm on sunday 7 april. Any account bearing upon the history of the commerce and shipping of leith should not fail to include reference to the body by which the affairs of the port have been administeredand that with outstanding successfor close upon one hundred years. Opportunities, finds jamie leith inadvertently joining scotlands darien expedition a venture that altered the course of scottish history and unleashed jamies universal optimism on an unsuspecting new world. Top heritage attraction in edinburgh lonely planet. David tyrie deacon despatched docks earl edin edinburgh castle enemy english erected. Memorial on the old dry dock commemorating leiths maritime history right. That story begins with the shipwright thomas morton, who started building ships at leith in 1844. For a great sociallocal look at history in leith and edinburgh. In 29 control of it was given by robert i to the royal burgh of edinburgh and since then the two have grown together, steadily eating away at the mile or two of open land that once separated them. Serving breakfast, afternoon tea, evening supper and.
Continued growth meant that leith and edinburgh formed a contiguous urban area. Leith, however, enters recorded history in 1128 when king david i granted certain lands in north leith together with his harbour at coalhill to the holyrood abbey. It has been edinburgh s port since the settlement first required it, and has since served for freight, whaling, cruise liners and even briefly as an airport when flying boats used its waters in. Edinburgh history leith docks in the 1940s recollections. When you read the the port of leith book, all your attention to the subject matter try to read 1520 minutes before the move, and you will be amazed at how much your focus as soon as you read the book. It was the port that expedited economic flow into edinburgh and connected the city with the world. The leith flour mills locally known as tods mills in commercial street are the largest in the port. Leith has been an active port for at least a thousand years. Nov 02, 2019 we recommend booking leith market tours ahead of time to secure your spot.
This painful part of leiths history was immortalized in irvine welshs 1993 book. The margaret, first ship of james iv fleet in scotland launched at leith. A silver thread in a ribbon of green the water of leith. On 20 may 1806, there was a procession of the lord provost of edinburgh, baillies, and council, along with a numerous company of ladies and gentleman, for the opening of the first new wet dock, the first of its kind in scotland. If you book with tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. Leith has been edinburgh s main port since the middle ages.
Today, leith is, again, part of edinburgh, and recent regeneration has helped improve its poorer areas. Leith has long been edinburgh s port and over the years what was once a separate town was assimilated into the north of the city. We know that scottish weather can be unpredictable, so if youre caught on a rainy day, book your table at the chez mal brasserie and treat yourself to a divine. The lighthouse bar has a relaxed, luxurious feel and vast floor to ceiling windows. The jamie leith chronicles by ian hall follow the adventures of a young street urchin from edinburgh, scotland. You can sit on a bench and look out to the waters of leith and. The strike is said by newspaper of the time to have brought leith to a standstill. Leith docks tourist information on edinburghs waterfront. N discharge book, i joined the bengloe in 1970, 3rd of jan, in london. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of calton hill, north bridge, and canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death. Step aboard the royal yacht britannia, her majesty the queens former floating palace for over 40 years. The port of leith is mostly an industrial area as docks usually are, but the rest of leith has a unique character consisting of a mixture of old and new, industrial and fashionable. On the night of 2nd april 1916 two german zeppelin airships l14 and l22 dropped a number of bombs on leith and edinburgh.
Edinburgh relied on leith as one of its leading economic and industrial centers after the merger. Your goto blog for the history of ships built at leith, scotland. A new single malt scotch whisky distillery under construction in edinburgh, and the tower street stillhouse down the road in leith. Boutique hotel in leith, edinburgh malmaison hotels. As late as the mid20th century, leith docks had its own shipyard, and a network or railway lines and steam trains. Leith docks became known as the port for edinburgh and modest shipbuilding and repair facilities grew. It traces its rise from an early hill fort and later royal residence to the bustling city and capital of scotland that it is today.12 1478 1513 1166 478 1398 1469 1308 1311 942 345 102 371 1051 822 587 590 73 834 1177 1239 545 746 128 1112 609 463 583