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York Place, Edinburgh

York Place is a street in central Edinburgh of almost exclusively 18th century buildings, linking Queen Street to Broughton Street and Leith Walk.


The street's architecture remains almost completely intact but it is one of the busiest streets in the city centre being part of the main east-west route for traffic together with the Edinburgh Trams line and several bus services.


St George's Chapel in 1830 plus manse on its left St George's Chapel York Place Edinburgh.jpg
St George's Chapel in 1830 plus manse on its left
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York Place was developed as a dual sided street on the north-east edge of Edinburgh's First New Town. The land was purchased by the city from James Erskine, Lord Alva in 1793 and it was joined by the Heriot Trust which also owned land here. Work began immediately and was complete by 1804 (other than the church (see below). [1]

The street is little altered. The only major change has been the demolition of the east side of Elder Street on the south side including the east corner with York Place, in 1969 (to improve access to the bus station).

In 1888 a tram system was introduced. Originally drawn by underground cables the system was invisible except for the rails and central channel (for the cable). This all changed in 1921 following unification of Edinburgh and Leith (which had electric trams since 1905) when a complex of poles and wires were added, to the severe detriment of the streetscape. These poles and cables were removed in 1956 following the demise of the trams. More conscious of the issue of "street clutter" the planners removed all lamp-posts from the street in the 1970s. The street is lit by high level floodlights mounted at eaves level on the buildings. The clutter of the trams reappeared in 2017 with the Edinburgh Trams project.

Notable Buildings

Notable residents

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  2. Stuff, Good. "Casino, 5B York Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Edinburgh". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk.
  3. "Edinburgh, 7 York Place | Canmore". canmore.org.uk.
  4. Edinburgh Post Office Directories 1800 to 1900

Coordinates: 55°57′22″N3°11′26″W / 55.95623°N 3.19044°W / 55.95623; -3.19044