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Meat Market Arch

A monument next to the £50 million Exchange Place office development on Fountainbridge in W Central Edinburgh, the Meat Market Arch lies a half-mile (0.8 km) south southwest of Princes Street. The monument comprises the three entrance arches of the former Edinburgh Meat Market built in 1884, on a site on the corner of Semple Street, next to the Union Canal. There were slaughterhouses on the opposite side of Fountainbridge and cattle markets at nearby Lauriston.

The Meat Market moved to the New Markets at Chesser in 1921. Much later the old building became the famous Fat Sam's restaurant and, for a time thereafter, a nightclub. However, despite its B-listing, the building was demolished in 2007 and the arch moved to a site just to the west and re-erected as work was completed on the site in 2009. The Exchange Place development comprises 19510 sq. m (210,000 sq. feet) of offices and 557 sq. m (6000 sq. feet) of retail space.


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