South Leith Parish Church

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South Leith Parish Church is located at Kirkgate, just North of the Kirkgate shopping Centre at the foot of Leith Walk. Since the area has buildings closely pressed together the church and graveyard act as focal point open space within the oldest part of Leith. Although parts of the church date back to 1483 and its has history of being bombarded by the English in 1560 when Scotland was supporting a Catholic pretender to the throne, the church\'s main attraction dates from after its restoiration in 1848. It has a magnificent hammerbeam ceiling and the entire east end of the church is also very striking, terminating with a stained glass window flanked by organ pipes. A series of flags hang in the church that commemorate the little known Quintinshill rail disaster on 22 May 1915 when many of those killed were men of the Royal Scots Regiment who had been recruited in Leith.

South Leith Parish Church

6 Henderson Street,
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