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Lochend

16th C. Lochend Doo'cot, 1930s public housing and 1960s tower blocks
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16th C. Lochend Doo'cot, 1930s public housing and 1960s tower blocks

Lochend is a small public housing estate forming the western part of the larger district of Restalrig towards Easter Road in Edinburgh. Built in the early 1930s, the estate is centred around Lochend Park, which contains Lochend Loch, which gave its name to the area. The park also contains a 16th Century Beehive Doo'cot, once part of the lands of Lochend Castle, occupied by the Logans of Restalrig. That castle was largely destroyed at the end of the 16th Century and replaced by Lochend House in the early 19th Century. The Doo'cot has a stonework collar around its top, a most unusual feature which is thought to have been a chimney related to the use of the building to burn infected clothing during the plague of 1645.


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