Come back tomorrow for the next instalment of the Royal Mile tour (I am still away).
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Royal Mile 7 - Advocate's Close
Advocate’s Close runs all the way down from the Royal Mile to the bottom of Cockburn Street and is thought to date from 1544. At that time, narrow streets such as this one would have been open sewers, with waste buckets being emptied from the windows above... yuck! Eventually, the ‘nastiness’ would slowly wash away into a stinking expanse of water called the Nor’ Loch – the same place where witches were drowned and possibly even drinking water was gathered… let’s be thankful it was drained in the 18th century to make way for a lovely green park!