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Edinburgh, Leith, Queen Charlotte Street, General

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Site Name Edinburgh, Leith, Queen Charlotte Street, General

Classification General View

Alternative Name(s) Kirkgate; Charlotte Street

Canmore ID 156643

Site Number NT27NE 745

NGR NT 2728 7621

NGR Description Centred NT 2728 7621

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27NE 745 centred 2728 7621

Architecture Notes


Edinburgh, Queen Charlotte Street, St John's Free Church.

Precise location uncertain at time of upgrade 17.1.2000.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1812. January-June 18.6.1812

Pet. Messrs Douglas and Brodie.

Charlotte Street, Leith, North side.

Plans of three floors and elevation of house. Unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild 16.6.1814

Pet. Peter Scott.

Corner of Charlotte Street and Kirkgate, Leith.

Plan - minor alterations to shop front, unsigned.

Edinburgh, Leith, 64-66 Charlotte Street (which was the original name for Queen Charlotte Street) which was Category B Listed was demolished c. 1960.

(Undated) information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS Library.


Watching Brief (28 January 2008 - 20 March 2008)

Addyman Archaeology was contracted by Scotland Gas Networks (contact, Ian Stewart, Team Manager) to perform archaeological watching briefs during trenching for the replacement of the gas mains along both Queen Charlotte Street and Links Lane, this in advance of the ongoing construction of the Edinburgh Tramway in Leith.

The requirement for a watching brief was imposed upon the gas main replacement works by the City of Edinburgh Council Archaeology Service (contact, John Lawson). The watching brief was undertaken in two stages. The first stage involved excavations at Queen Charlotte Street undertaken by Sarah Phillips, and supported by Kenneth Macfadyen and Claire Holland, from the 28th January to the end of February. The second stage involved further excavation works at Links Lane. This watching brief was undertaken by Claire Holland, supported and supervised by Sarah Phillips, from the 27th February to the 20th March.

Relatively little of archaeological significance was found during either watching briefs. In all areas the ground has been considerably disturbed by a variety of more and less recent service works. Links Lane in particular has little of interest and nearly all trenches reached a natural subsoil horizon, light yellow coastal sand, during excavation. It has however been noted that the conclusions for this section of the work may have been mis-interpreted and that the deposits related to relatively recent services works may actually relate to the 16th century defences of Leith or the dismantling of the same. Because of the frequency of services encountered within an extremely narrow trench no final conclusion could be made either way without further investigation. It would be advised that any other works that will be undertaken, as part of the proposed tramway construction or otherwise, within the vicinity of this trench be made aware of the potential and therefore may be able to inform the findings of this report to draw a final conclusion.

Queen Charlotte Street was somewhat more interesting and certainly there is evidence to suggest, if not found, that there is potential for the survival of the remains of the Leith defences in that area - towards the W end of the street at its junction with Constitution Street. This finding reinforces the need for precaution should further works proceed in this area, in particular if they are to go deeper than 1m below the current ground surface.

Information from Addyman Archaeology


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