Key Maps

Historic maps covering this area are available in the National Library of Scotland's Causewayside building and many of these can be accessed through their website: http://www.nls.uk/maps/

Maps covering Newington in particular or Edinburgh in general can be found under the categories:

Once you find a general map of the city you can 'zoom in' to see a particular area in remarkable detail.

Among the most useful maps for exploring our local history are -

Two maps published around 1816/17 by Kirkwood & Son, Edinburgh

One of these http://www.nls.uk/maps/early/416.html shows the city and immediate surroundings as they were in 1817, together with 'All the Recent and Intended Improvements'.

The other http://www.nls.uk/maps/early/towns.cfm?id=1024 , intended as an accompaniment to the first, was compiled by combining a number of mid to late 18th century maps to show the form of the city prior to these 'Recent and Intended Improvements'.

Together they show the spectacular development of the city (including our area) in the years around 1800.

The 'earlier' map (predating even James Craig's New Town) shows a ribbon of building in Sciennes and along both sides of Causewayside as the only substantial development south of the Meadows.

The 'later' map shows that by 1817 the street plan of West Blacket had developed and considerable building had taken place in the area, particularly on the east side of Minto Street, the west side of South Gray Street and the north east end of Upper Gray Street. The 'Intended Improvements' shown for the west side of Minto Street and for the south east end of Upper Gray Street are significantly different from what was later to be built.

John Leslie's 'Plan of the Lands of Newington and Belleville',1826

When compared with Kikbride's 1817 map, this plan of 1826 http://www.nls.uk/maps/early/towns.cfm?id=427 shows the substantial development of West Blacket over the intervening years.

Houses have been built on the west side of Minto Street and the north side of Middleby Street. A start has been made to the terraces in Upper Gray Street, Duncan Street and West Mayfield. Across Minto Street the streets of Blacket have been laid out and the first few buildings have appeared.

Ordnance Survey Town Plans ,1847-1895

There are 3 sets of these

Surveyed: 1849-53

http://www.nls.uk/maps/townplans/edinburgh1056_1.html
(West Blacket is in the South East section, split between sheet 44 and a small part of sheet 48.)

Surveyed: 1876-77

http://www.nls.uk/maps/townplans/edinburgh1056_2.html
(West Blacket is in the South East section, split between sheet 44 and a small part of sheet 48.)

Surveyed: 1893-94

http://www.nls.uk/maps/townplans/edinburgh500.html
(West Blacket is in the South East section, split between sheets III.12.12, III.12.17 and a corner of III.12.18)