NT2673 : Toddrick's Wynd, High Street

taken 7 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Toddrick's Wynd, High Street
Toddrick's Wynd, High Street
Toddrick's Wynd, now the common stairway of a 19thC tenement, was originally a narrow alleyway running from the High Street to the Cowgate. It is believed to have been the route used by the conspirators who murdered Queen Mary's consort, Henry, Lord Darnley in 1567. As the Queen returned to Holyrood Palace from Kirk o' Field, Darnley's murderers were quietly stealing their way down the wynd towards their prey.

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A further claim to notoriety occurs in an 1861 edition of The Builder magazine.

"We devoutly believe that no smell in Europe or Asia not in Aleppo or Damascus in the present day can equal in depth and intensity, in concentration and power, the diabolical combination of sulphurated hydrogen we came upon one evening about ten o'clock in a place called Toddrick's Wynd."
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 May, 2011
Road > Wynd   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 260 736 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0156N 3:11.1360W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 260 736
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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