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Leith,dry dock off Sandport Street

A Scheduled Monument in Leith, City of Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.976 / 55°58'33"N

Longitude: -3.1715 / 3°10'17"W

OS Eastings: 326990

OS Northings: 676511

OS Grid: NT269765

Mapcode National: GBR 8T5.28

Mapcode Global: WH6SM.8201

Entry Name: Leith,dry dock off Sandport Street

Scheduled Date: 4 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5683

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: marine

Location: Edinburgh

County: City of Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument consists of the buried fabric of a masonry dry dock, with associated working areas and quay walls.

The dock is situated on the west bank of the Water of Leith, and only the cope-stones are currently exposed.

The area to be scheduled is roughly rectangular, 70m NW by 20m transversely by 20m and is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of the oldest dry docks in Scotland, having been built late in the works on the docks by Rennie (1800-1817). It is the oldest in the east of the country, and an important part of the surviving fabric of the port of Leith, dating from the period when it was the foremost port in the country.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT27NE 121.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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