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General view of North side of Lawnmarket showing the premises of T Bennett Boot Maker, Brydon's Dairy, D M Coll Wine & Spirit Merchant, a fruit and vegetable shop, the Lawn Market Cafe, James Todd bak ...

SC 488203

Description General view of North side of Lawnmarket showing the premises of T Bennett Boot Maker, Brydon's Dairy, D M Coll Wine & Spirit Merchant, a fruit and vegetable shop, the Lawn Market Cafe, James Todd baker and confectioner, William D Brown grocer and tea dealer and the cart of G F Fleming & Son Bakers.

Date c. 1920

Collection Scottish Colorfoto

Catalogue Number SC 488203

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of ED 8770 A

Scope and Content General view of the north side of the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh The Lawnmarket runs from Upper Bow, at the foot of Castlehill, to St Giles. It was originally one of the great open spaces within the city walls known as the 'Land Market', where street traders or 'lawn merchants' sold produce from the land on market day. The Lawnmarket was once 'the chief quarter for persons of distinction', including in the 18th century the infamous Deacon Brodie and the philosopher David Hume. The smoking chimneys gave Edinburgh its nickname 'Auld Reekie' or 'old smoky'. In the 17th century the houses bordering the Lawnmarket were those of merchants and tradesmen, but 'the gentlemen's mansions and goodliest houses' were 'obscurely founded' in the by-lanes and closes. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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