NT2676 : Former Crabbie's Warehouse, Great Junction Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Leith, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Former Crabbie's Warehouse, Great Junction Street
Former Crabbie's Warehouse, Great Junction Street
Old bonded warehouse, dating from about 1810, in Leith's main commercial street. LinkExternal link

Great Junction Street follows the line of the wall of the French fort built between 1548 and 1560 during the regency of Mary of Guise. It was demolished after a combined force of Scottish and English Protestants forced the evacuation of the occupying French troops in the Siege of Leith. LinkExternal link

"Leith is seated upon a creek of the Sea, called the Frith, some mile from Edinburgh, and hath a most commodious and large Haven. When Monsieur Dessy a Frenchman, did fortify Leith for the strength of Edinburgh, it began of a bare Village to grow to a Town. And when the French King Francis the second had married Mary Queen of the Scots: again the French (who now had in hope devoured the possession of that Kingdom, and in the year 1560, began to aim at the conquest of England) more strongly fortified this Town of Leith: but Elizabeth Queen of England, called to the succour of the Lords of Scotland against these Frenchmen, called in by the Queen, soon effected that the French returned into their Country, and these fortifications were demolished." -- Fynes Moryson, English traveller, 1598

Edinburgh Town Council Minutes: demolition order and labour conscription:

23 July 1560 -- Forsamekle as it is notourlie knawyn how hurtfull the fortificatioun of Leyth hes bene to this haill realme and in speciall to thair rowmes [areas] nyxt adiacent thairvnto, and how preiudiciall this saymn salbe to the libertie of this haill cuntre in cais strangearis sall at ony tyme heirefter intruse thameselffis thairin, for thir and siclyke considderationis, the counsall hes thocht expedient and chargis the prowest baillies and counsall of Edinburgh to tak ordour with the toun and communite of the samyn and caus and compel thame to appoint ane sufficient noumer [number] to cast doun and dimolishe the southe pairt of the said toun, begynnand at Sanct Anthonis port* and passing westwart to the Walter of Leithe making the blokhous and courtene [curtain wall] equall with the ground, and that thai enter to the said wark vpoun Wedinsday nixcumis be five houris in the morning, and to contonow [continue] and perseweir in the samyn to the accomplishment of the said doun casting, conforme to the thing abone [above] writtin.

21 August 1560 -- [The bailies and council] fyndis, for the mair haistie expeditioun in the doun casting of the wallis and filling of the trinches at Leyth, that euerye baillie sall charge and tak with him thre or foure honest men of his quarter, sic as sall please him to name, to beir him cumpanye and be oursearis [overseers] and maisteris of wark to the warkmen at the said trinches, and to remane with him and at the said wark fra morne to evin the day that fallis to his quarter, and the said personis warnyt, taikand labour as said is, to be dischargit for the day of thair laubouris of ane man expenssis, and gif onye of thame being requyrit as said is comperis nocht [fails to appear], to be poyndit [fined] for the vnlaw [penalty] of xviij s. [18 shillings], without fauouris, for thair disobedience, and this ordour to be obseruit quhill [until] the said wark at Leyth be compleitlie endit.

*at the Kirkgate
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Monday, 12 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 15 October, 2009
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City, Town centre 
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Warehouse (converted)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 268 761 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3539N 3:10.4463W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 268 760
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