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Gracemount

A district of S Edinburgh, Gracemount is located 3¾ miles (6 km) south southeast of the city centre, to the east of Kaimes and Howden Hall. Built as a mixed-density public housing scheme from the later 1950s, the district occupies the policies of the former Gracemount Estate. Gracemount House - built c.1800 - has been a Youth Centre since 1964. The hill on which the house was built was originally known as 'Priest Hill', but was renamed following the Reformation to 'Mount of Grace', or Gracemount. Gracemount Community Park now lies adjacent. Gracemount Leisure Centre, Libertus Day Care Centre, Gracemount Medical Centre and a parade of shops are situated on Captain's Road, with Gracemount Primary School and St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Primary School behind. Gracemount High School opened on Lasswade Road in 2003, next to the former building which was constructed in 1959. Kaimes Lockhart Memorial Church (1961, but closed 2009) and St. Catherine of Alexandria Roman Catholic Church (1958) both lie within the core of the area.

Redevelopment has brought the replacement of four-storey flats and maisonettes on Gracemount Drive with townhouses, large family houses and cottage-style flats for Dunedin Housing Association (2003) and new developments on Gracemount House Drive (2012). The three high-rise flats (Fala Court, Garvald Court and Soutra Court) were demolished in 2009.


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