Looking At Edinburgh

15 December 2008

The Village: Sunday evening

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The Village on Sunday evening

It may never have been reviewed by The List, but it’s still my favourite local: a small and friendly pub with good drinks, moderately priced, and a friendly atmosphere. Also, it has purple walls, and stars on the doors. You can’t see them in this photo, but they’re there.

This photo is available on Redbubble: The Village: Sunday evening .

1 December 2008

World AIDS Day

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the red ribbon in the Regent Bar on Montrose Terrace

This photo is available on Redbubble: Red Ribbon Regent.

15 July 2008

Montrose Terrace, Regent Bar

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Montrose Terrace

Standing at the very end of Easter Road, looking up the steps to the junction of Montrose Terrace, Regent Road, and Abbeymount, this building stands out like a tower. The Regent Bar is in the ground floor of the tower.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Montrose Terrace.

14 June 2008

The King’s Wark on the Shore

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Windows in the King's Wark reflecting the Shore

The old King’s Wark was “an extensive building that appears to have occupied the whole ground between the Broad Wynd and Bernard Street. The exact purpose for which it was maintained is not clearly defined in any of the early allusions, but it probably included an arsenal, with warehouses, and resident officials, for storing the goods and managing the revenues of the port.”

This building was burned down in 1544, during the Rough Wooing. Henry VIII had ordered “Put all to fyre and swoorde, burne Edinborough towne, so rased and defaced when you have sacked and gotten what ye can of it, as there may remayn forever a perpetual memory of the vengeaunce of God lightened upon them for their faulsehode and disloyailtye. Do what ye can out of hande…to beate down and overthrowe the castle, sack Holyrood house, and as many townes and villages about Edinborough as ye may conveniently, sack Lythe and burn and subvert it and all the rest, putting man, woman and child to fyre and sworde without exception, where any resistance shallbe made agaynst you” – this was Henry’s idea of diplomacy.

Mary had the King’s Work rebuilt in 1564 by John Chisholme, “comptroller of artiller”, and in 1575 it was converted to a hospital for the reception of patients recovered from the plague. In 1614 the King’s Work was given by James VI to his favourite chamber-chield, or groom of the chamber, Bernard Lindsay of Lochill, by a royal grant which empowered him to keep four taverns there. The area was called Bernard’s Nook, even after the Magistrates of Edinburgh took possession of the area in 1649: Bernard Street is named for him.

The pub called The King’s Wark reportedly does very fine breakfasts.

This photo is available on Redbubble: The King’s Wark on the Shore.

PS: Today at 2pm till 5pm – Baking for Asylum in Artisan Roast on Broughton Street.

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