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Dean Village, Edinburgh

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Dean Village is a former village immediately northwest of the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was known as the "Water of Leith Village" and was the centre of a successful grain milling area for more than 800 years. At one time there were no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.HistoryThe mills of Dene were first mentioned in King David I's founding charter of Holyrood Abbey, usually dated c. 1145, in which he granted one of his mills of Dene to the Abbey.The area remained a separate village until the 19th century. In 1826, John Learmonth, a future Lord Provost of Edinburgh, purchased the Dean Estate from the Nisbets of Dean.A bridge was needed to access from one side of the high valley to the other (the low-lying village was more or less an irrelevance). The Cramond Road Trustees discarded plans by other engineers and insisted upon the use of Thomas Telford. They also insisted that the bridge be toll-free. This was built 1831-2 and opened in 1833.The four-arched Dean Bridge, spans a width of over 400 feet and is 106 feet above the water level. It carries the Queensferry Road over the Dean Gorge, and was built at the joint expense of John Learmonth and the Cramond Road Trustees. The contractors were John Gibb & Son, from Aberdeen. The bridge transformed access westwards from the city and opened up the potential to develop the Dean estate The side parapet of the bridge was raised in height in 1912 as a deterrent to suicides, which were very common here in the 19th century, being more or less guaranteed success. The change in stonework is still visible.
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  • It's a lot smaller then I thought it would be to be honest the building's are nice and walk is nice aswel.  more »
  • Close to the city centre and ayrılmasi to time, max 1 hour you'll spend, quiet and peaceful
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  • It is well worth taking a stroll off the beaten path of Princes Street to go and explore Dean Village. My daughter had seen photos of this area in a tourist guide book and requested that we go and exp...  more »
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  • As a photographer it looked great, but with a 19 month old and a very old area, one cannot hope for great access. So I didn't get to appreciate it as much as I would like. I would've loved to have had more access, but one can only hope. Would love to come back when my son is out of the pram/buggy.
  • A little village that feels very far from Edinburgh while it actually is very central! There are no shops or pubs, but it is worth walking through it. Can be visited as part of a New Town / West End visit, or while walking along the Water of Leith walkway which connects it to Stockbridge or the National Modern Gallery.
  • Lovely place for a morning walk. There's a limited number os things to see, but it's worth the visit. Photographers will love this place...
  • Must visit attraction if you are visiting the city. It has a certain calm vibe to it.
  • Gorgeous, picturesque. So glad to see it in the sunshine. Follow the Water of Leith for a true Edinburgh experience.

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