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Causewayside


(Causeyside, Causey Side)

A small district of S Edinburgh, which is formed around a single street which links the eastern end of the Meadows with Ratcliffe Terrace between Sciennes and Newington, a mile (1.7 km) south southeast of the city centre. The name is a corruption of Causey Side or Causeyside, extending south from the Causey as the city spread in the 18th C. and meaning a paved or metalled street.

The Summerhall venue, which served as the home of the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies until 2011, is located at the northern end of Causewayside (Summerhall Place). The International-style former Southern Motors Garage at No. 39 is by Sir Basil Spence (1907-76) and is now a wine warehouse. The tenement block at No. 183 Causewayside was destroyed by a high-explosive bomb dropped from a German Zeppelin in 1916. On the corner of Salisbury Place is the Extension to the National Library of Scotland, by Andrew Merrylees in 1987. This large building includes the Science Library and Map Library and features soaring spires in glass, brown metal and stone-cladding, with two storeys beneath ground level for storage. The last building in Causewayside is No. 233, the Old Bell Inn, on the corner of Duncan Street.


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