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General view of graffiti art on hoardings around Caltongate Development site on New Street, Edinburgh, from N.

DP 190209

Description General view of graffiti art on hoardings around Caltongate Development site on New Street, Edinburgh, from N.

Date 27/5/2014

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number DP 190209

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content This shows modern street art graffiti on the hoardings surrounding the proposed Caltongate development site bounded by New Street (seen here) and Calton Road. This view shows the hoardings looking north-east towards Calton Road and Calton Hill. It has created a colourful vista on the street while the planning process has been ongoing for the development scheme. This vast gap site was originally occupied by the Edinburgh Gas Works, which was established in the area bounded by New Street and Old Tolbooth Wynd between 1817 and 1821 -Kirkwood's map of 1817 shows the land as 'The Property of Alex. Ramsay Esq' with the Magdalene Asylum in the eastern portion. However by Kirkwood's map of 1821, there is a gasworks in the western half of the site. The works expanded hugely from 1821 to 1852 (Ordnance Survey 1:1056 map of 1852) and again by 1877 when a large coal shed filled the northern section of Old Tolbooth Wynd (OS 1:1056 map). During the 20th century, the area became a bus depot and car park before being unused and earmarked for development as part of the Caltongate scheme (2014).

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