Old Town, Edinburgh

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    THE CATHOLICS BOUGHT THIS CHURCH FOR THE IRISH

    by davidjo Written Aug 16, 2015

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    John Baxter was the architect that built St. Patrick's Church in Cowgate back in 1772-74. It was originally an Episcopal Church bur the Catholics bought the church in 1856 to accommodate the growing number of Irish immigrants living in the area, and a w porch was added in 1890, and in 1898 the interior was realigned and a new sanctuary built. The tower with the domed belfry is one of the features of this church.
    Another interesting fact was that Canon Edward Hannan co-founded Hibernian Football Club during his 30 years of service to St. Patricks.

    Address: 40 High Street; Cowgate Episcopal Chapel;

    ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH INTERESTING TOWER
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    WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS COW ?

    by davidjo Written Aug 15, 2015

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    I came across this very strange building which had the bottom half of a cow stuck in the wall, and when i walked round the corner the top half of the cow was protruding from the wall. Underneath was the pub called the Rowan Tree.
    So why the two halves of the cow ? Cowgate existed from 1428 and was known as Via Vaccarum in 1498. In medieval days the farmers used to herd their cattle along this street and that is how it got its name.

    And the two halves of the cow! Possibly just a publicity stunt by the pub or just to keep the memory of Cowgate alive.

    STRANGE FACT In 2011 thieves tried to remove the rear of the cow that was sticking out of the wall, 20 feet high but they were apprehended an caught

    On the wall there is also a plaque with some words from Robert Louis Stevenson

    Address: 8-12 Niddry Street SoutH

    OUCH ! WHAT AM I DOING HERE ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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    CHAMBERS ST., CHAMBERS ENCYCLOPEDIA & MR CHAMBERS

    by davidjo Written Aug 15, 2015

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    William Chambers (1800-1883) was a politician and publisher along with his business partner, his brother Robert. William's Statue is to be found in the center of his own street, Chambers Street, where the Scottish Museum is located. they published magazines and books and both brothers were interested in new scientific discoveries which were mentioned in their publications. Between 1860 and 1868 the brothers published the Chambers Encyclopedia. William was Lord Provost of Edinburgh for fur years, during which time St. Giles cathedral was renovated.
    John Rhind was the sculptor responsible for the statue and the inscription reads --- WILLIAM

    CHAMBERS
    of GLENORMISTON LLD
    LORD PROVOST
    OF EDINBURGH
    1865-1869
    BORN - 16 APRIL 1800
    DIED - 21 MAY 1883

    Address: CHAMBERS STREET

    WILLIAM CHAMBERS THE INSCRIPTIO
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    NEVER SEEN A POSTBOX LIKE THIS BEFORE

    by davidjo Written Aug 15, 2015

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    Edinburgh Sheriff's Court opened to the public in 1984 but from Chambers street it appears that the building is small but there are actually eight levels, some below the street. The public enter from level fur in Chambers street and all who enter are subject to a security check, but i am writing this review not about the building but the postbox by the main entrance. It was a Sunday anyway so it was closed.
    The extra large postbox outside is emptied once a day according to the security guard that i was talking to. It is much larger than usual and is painted greyish-black instead of the normal red and it also has large letters indicating that it is the Sheriff's Court and Justice of the Peace court.

    Address: 27 Chambers Street,

    IN FRONT OF EDINBURGH SHERIFF'S COURT

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    RENOVATED WITH GRANTS FROM THE LOTTERY FUND

    by davidjo Written Aug 14, 2015

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    John Aikman founded the church community in 1802 and had its meeting in a dark and dingy home but in 1862 they had to move out to make way for the museum in Chalmers Street. St. Augustine United Church moved o its present location in George IV Bridge where the architecture was more suited to the congregation. Since then the church has moved with the times, changing its name and having unions with different congregations. Restoration work and alterations have been made to the church with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust.

    Address: 41 George IV Bridge

    ST. AUGUSTINE UNITED CHURCH
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    Old Town

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    The Old Town is the name given to the oldest part of Edinburgh.
    Together with Calton Hill it is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    When walking around the Old Town I was able to see and admire St. Giles' Cathedral, the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the Old College, University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament Building.

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    Lose yourself in the Old Town

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Edinburgh's Old Town, at the foot of the castle, is a rabbit-warren of twisting cobblestone lanes and steps. There are quaint shops and cafes aplenty for exploration. Grassmarket, Victoria Street and Cowgate are some of the more lively streets. Grassmarket has a grim history as the stamping ground of the body-snatchers!

    Address: The Old Town.

    Directions: South of the Royal Mile.

    The hilly Old Town
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    Edinburgh's Old Town

    by Tom_Fields Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    The old medieval part of Edinburgh has a lot of history and is one of those places where you can have a great time just randomly strolling about. There is so MUCH to see. This is the very heart of Scotland.

    Edinburgh's Old Town, seen from the Scott Monument More of the Old Town A The Royal Bank of Scotland Another close in Old Town
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    Old Town

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 4, 2003

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    Old is the quaint part of the city which is characterised by narrow twisting streets and alleyways, known as 'closes and wynds' and wonderful old buildings squashed together. Many of Edinburgh's most popular tourist attractions are located in the Old Town including Greyfriar's Kirk, John Knox's House, Gladstone's Land, Parliament Square and of course Edinburgh Castle.
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    Directions: the Old Town is the area south of Princes Street.

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    The old town streets

    by dhina Written Aug 3, 2008

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    Walking around Edinburgh is always never enough for me... The coblestone streets, the old buildings, the men with kilts and interesting history are simply a lovely experience :-)

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    OLD CITY

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

    The old city with the Royal Mile and two castles, of which one belongs to the Queen of England is worthwhile to visit.

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