Looking At Edinburgh

3 October 2008

Doors Open Day: Couperfield House

The Edinburgh Doors Open Day is organised by The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust), in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage.

This is one of the gateposts that used to say, left and right, “Couper Street School”.
Couper Street

This is the house: it used to be the janitor’s house for Couper Street School, which no longer exists. The bell is from the school days.
Couperfield House
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30 September 2008

Doors Open Day: St Ninian’s Manse

I took a photo of this building in July (Quayside Street Clocktower), but it wasn’t until Doors Open Day that I found it is St Ninian’s Manse, Quayside Mills, Leith.

The Edinburgh Doors Open Day is organised by The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust), in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage.

St Ninian's Manse on Quayside Street
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25 August 2008

St Bernard’s Well

St Bernard's Well

St Bernard’s Well is named for St Bernard of Clairvaux, founder of the Cistercian order, who is supposed to have discovered it in the 12th century while taken ill when living in a nearby cave. (It’s only fair to say that most biographers do not record this stay in a Scottish cave.) Bernard was attracted to the spring by birds, but after some days of drinking the water (which is said to taste like “the washings of foul gunbarrels”, at least once gunbarrels had been invented) the saint was restored to health.

In 1788 Francis Garden, Lord Gardenstone (1721-1793) was so impressed by the well’s effects that he commissioned the circular temple over the wellhouse.
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31 July 2008

Quayside Street Clocktower

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Quayside Street Clocktower

This photo is available on Redbubble: Clocktower. Quayside Street.

Update: If you want to see inside, go to my first Doors Open Day post, St Ninian’s Manse.

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