Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh's Legendary Underground City
People are fascinated by tales of fabled lost cities. Yet below
Scotland's capital, hidden for almost two centuries, there lies
a metropolis whose very existence was forgotten until recently.
For almost 200 years Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant defensive
wall. Unable to expand its boundaries, it became the most densely
populated city in Europe. The towering tenements of the Royal
Mile were a direct result of this massive overpopulation and,
when the city buildings couldn't get any higher, people were
forced to construct new edifices over what was already there.
An underground slum developed which existed for over 350 years.
Trapped in poverty and crime, these subterranean dwellers lived
in darkness and misery, ignored by chroniclers of the time.
Edinburgh's population came to believe that the underground
city, out of sight and out of mind since its abandonment in
the mid-19th century, had never been there at all. This work
chronicles Edinburgh's secret city: its history and structure;
its inhabitants and the lives they led; the story of its rediscovery;
the amazing tales, both ancient and modern, that made it legendary;
the areas where it existed; and where to find the parts that
remain. Edinburgh History.
The Golden Age
Based on a range of sources - local newspapers and journals,
published accounts of travels to Scotland, diaries, letters,
and reminiscences - this work covers the social and literary
history of Edinburgh from around 1760 until 1832, the year in
which Sir Walter Scott died. It presents a picture of how Edinburgh
and its inhabitants were seen at the time by visitors, and also
shows how notable local figures saw their own city. The opinions
of people such as Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Robert
Southey, Thomas Carlyle, Francis Jeffrey, Sydney Smith, Thomas
de Quincey, Walter Scott, David Hume and Percy Bysshe Shelley
are all represented. Edinburgh History.
Alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced and indexed, the entries
in this encyclopaedia set out in detail all aspects of Edinburgh,
bringing together information and anecdotes from a wide range
of sources. It looks at the city's history, social pastimes,
institutions, buildings, monuments, media, industries, and people
and events. Edinburgh History.
Tales and Sinister Stories of Old Edinburgh
This is a collection of over 100 tales of murder, ghosts and
ghouls, body-snatching and witch-burning, which reveal the darker
side of genteel Edinburgh's history. Included are the macabre
exploits of the capital's infamous villains - Deacon Brodie,
and Burke and Hare.
Edinburgh (In Old Photographs S.)
A guide to more than 100 of the curious and interesting corners
of Edinburgh, "Curious Edinburgh" explores the hidden
treasures of Scotland's capital city and unlocks the forgotten
meaning of landmarks that have become familiar. It tells the
reader how to find and understand the city's nooks and crannies,
and includes information on the location of and access to all
the sites covered. Symbols such as the Heart of Midlothian are
revealed in all their detail, and neglected jewels such as Edinburgh
University's St Cecilia's Hall are included. The book is illustrated
with more than 120 modern and historic photographs and line
drawings. Edinburgh History.
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