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Lost Edinburgh

by Hamish Coghill

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ISBN: 9781841587479
Published: 14 Jul 2008
Format: Paperback
Extent: 272
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
Categories:
Local history
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About the Book

What happened to Edinburgh's once notorious but picturesque Tolbooth Prison? Where was the Black Turnpike, once a dominant building in the town? Why has one of the New Town designer's major layouts been all but obliterated? What else has been lost in Edinburgh? From Edinburgh's mean beginnings - 'wretched accommodation, no comfortable houses, no soft beds', visiting French knights complained in 1341 - it went on to attract some of the world's greatest architects to design and build and shape a unique city. But over the centuries many of those fine buildings have gone. Some were destroyed by invasion and civil strife, some simply collapsed with old age and neglect, and others were swept away in the 'improvements' of the nineteenth century. Yet more fell to the developers' swathe of destruction in the twentieth century.

Much of the medieval architecture vanished in the Old Town, Georgian Squares were attacked, Princes Street ruined, old tenements razed in huge slum clearance drives, and once familiar and much loved buildings vanished. The changing pattern of industry, social habits, health service, housing and road systems all took their toll; not even the city wall was immune.

The buildings which stood in the way of what was deemed progress are the heritage of Lost Edinburgh. In this informative and stimulating book. Hamish Coghill sets out to trace many of the lost buildings and find out why they were doomed. Lavishly illustrated, Lost Edinburgh is a fascinating insight into an ever-changing cityscape.


The Author

Hamish Coghill

Hamish Coghill is Edinburgh born and bred, spending more than 40 years as a journalist on the city’s evening newspaper. He has written extensively about his city, and also lectures regularly on its history and development. A member of the Old Edinburgh Club, Honorary President of the Currie and District Local History Society and an avid recorder of the changing local scene in photographs for his personal interest, he is very much an Edinburgh bairn.

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