NT2573 : East Princes Street Gardens

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

East Princes Street Gardens
East Princes Street Gardens
East Princes Street Gardens originated after a dispute between Edinburgh's Town Council and the early New Town proprietors, among whom was the philosopher David Hume who resided in nearby St. David Street. In 1771 the council began feuing ground on the south side of Princes Street for the building of houses and workshops for a coach-builder and a furniture-maker. After a failed petition to the council the proprietors raised two actions in the Court of Session to halt the building and to condemn the Corporation for having contravened their feuing terms by which they had pre-supposed open ground and a vista south of the street. After the Court found in favour of the council on the first point the decision was quickly appealed to the House of Lords and overturned, but when the Court again supported the council on the second point, the matter was submitted to judicial arbitration. This resulted in a judgement that the houses could be completed (on the site of the later North British Hotel), that the adjacent furniture-maker's premises must not rise above street level (site of the later Waverley Market, now Princes Mall), and that the ground westwards for half the length of Princes Street "shall be kept and preserved in perpetuity as pleasure-grounds to be dressed up at the expense of the town council as soon as may be."

NT2573 : West Princes Street Gardens
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 July, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 255 738 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.1187N 3:11.6292W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 254 737
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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