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Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

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Charlotte Square is a garden square in Edinburgh, Scotland, part of the New Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is located at the west end of George Street and was intended to mirror St. Andrew Square in the east. The gardens are private and not publicly accessible.HistoryInitially named St. George's Square in James Craig's original plan, it was renamed in 1786 after King George III's Queen and first daughter, to avoid confusion with George Square, in the south of the city. Charlotte Square was the last part of the initial phase of the New Town to be completed in 1820. Much of it was to the 1791 design of Robert Adam, who died in 1792, just as building began.In 1939 a very sizable air-raid shelter was created under the south side of the gardens, accessed from the street to the south.In 2013 the south side was redeveloped in an award-winning scheme, creating major new office floorspace behind a restored series of townhouses.Edinburgh Collegiate School was located in Charlotte Square.
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  • Had a day trip to Edinburgh today with my daughter and Charlotte Square was our first port of call. Situated in the 'new town' and at the west end of George Street. A nice quiet peaceful area away fro...  more »
  • Most cities around northern Europe have similar buildings, domes, spires, big tall Georgian and Victorian style housing, which have the odd interval of a city square, here we have Charlotte square, an...  more »
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