Today’s collection of photos are all from around St Cuthberts Church, whose foundations date to the 8th century, making its foundations one of Edinburghs oldest. Tucked away at the West End of Princes Street, on Lothian Road, it’s easy to miss, yet this is an impressive and history packed building. It contains a breathtaking Tiffanys window, one of only a couple in Britain, and for that alone is worth a visit.
It’s graveyard is packed with tombs, dug into earth reclaimed by draining the Nor Marsh, when the Nor Loch still sat between St Cuthberts and the Castle. It also has tombs which sit below the pavement of Lothian Road which is held above the graves on pillars. An unusual arrangement which leaves us walking on graves without even noticing what lies belo
An imposing bronze, reminds us that the invention of chloroform as an anaesthetic was an Edinburgh citizen, Sir James Young Simpson. During his career he became Professor of Obstetrics at Edinburgh University, and was appointed as Queen Victorias physician. Not bad for a bakers son from Livingston. What a great contribution he made to medicine, and to childbirth in particular.