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!
Come back tomorrow for the next instalment of the Royal Mile tour (I am still away).

4 comments:

Sharon said...

I love your Royal Mile tour. Although I've been to London many, many times, I've never been to Edinburgh and would love to go some day. And, your pictures make me want to do it soon. Thanks.

Jackie said...

That's an excellent shot, you get a real sense of the steepness and narrowness (are they proper words? Oh well,t they are now!).

Sally said...

Lovely, atmospheric picture.

babooshka said...

Fabulous image. It hasbeen years since I have been this way so I am enjoying this virtual tour.