NT2573 : Zeppelin flagstone, Grassmarket

taken 9 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Zeppelin flagstone, Grassmarket
Zeppelin flagstone, Grassmarket
Flagstone marking the spot where a bomb dropped from Zeppelin L14 landed in the Grassmarket, making a crater measuring 9 by 6 feet in front of the White Hart Inn, just before another struck the Castle Rock. Apart from a bonded whisky warehouse set ablaze in Leith, the raid did little damage, but questions were asked as to why the city was so ill-prepared for such an attack.

See this LinkExternal link for a map of the raid; and these LinkExternal link LinkExternal link for the Edinburgh police and fire reports.

The raid lasted from 11.50 pm to 12.25 am. The police reported that 18 high explosives and 6 incendiaries were dropped within the city boundary (not counting Leith), causing 11 fatalities, including a one-year-old boy in Bonnington Road and a four-year-old girl at St. Leonard's Hill.

The main locations affected were:

Edinburgh Dock
Albert Dock
Timber Bush (Watt & Jackson’s grain warehouse)
9 Sandport Street (unexploded)
2 Commercial Street (1 fatality)
14 Commercial Street
Commercial Street (Innes & Grieve whisky bond)
15 Church Street
Mill Lane (St. Thomas’ Church manse)
200 Bonnington Road (1 fatality)
Bonnington Tannery (unexploded)
Belle Vue Terrace
The Mound (in front of Black Watch Monument)
39 Lauriston Place (1 fatality)
29 Chalmers Street
Archibald Place (George Watson’s College)
The Meadows (near Jawbone Walk)
82 Marchmont Crescent (unexploded)
183 Causewayside
Hatton Place
Blacket Place
34 Grassmarket (White Hart Inn; 1 fatality)
Castle Rock (south-west corner)
21 Lothian Road (County Hotel)
Belford Place
Coltbridge Gardens (doocot)
Donaldson’s Hospital grounds
16 Marshall Street (5 fatalities in this street)
Haddon's Court, off Nicolson Street (1 fatality)
69 St. Leonard’s Hill (1 fatality)
King’s Park (boundary wall and craters at two more locations)
Prestonfield House grounds (behind Lodge Gate)
Peffermill Road (Cameron Bank Dairy)

"From the position in which the bombs were dropped it is evident that those in charge of the Zeppelin were following the course of the Water of Leith from Leith Docks to Edinburgh as the bombs dropped were not more than 100 yards from the said Water of Leith at any point except the one dropped in the Edinburgh Dock." – Leith Chief Constable ‘s report to the Scottish Office, 12th April 1916

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Date Taken
Friday, 24 July, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 253 733 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8311N 3:11.8221W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 253 733
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