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Cleikimin

A small private housing development in SE Edinburgh, Cleikimin is centred on Newcraighall Road, squeezed between Niddrie and the Fort Kinnaird shopping park, 3 miles (5 km) east southeast of the city centre. The greater part of Niddrie Colliery once occupied the land immediately to the south, with Niddrie Brickworks to the east and Niddrie Fire Clay Works to the north, all three connected by a branch railway.

Anciently used for a farm here, the name is an unusual one, deriving from Norse words meaning the stony ground at the mouth of a watercourse. Its most notable other occurrence in Scotland is the Clickimin Broch in Shetland. Cleekim Road and Cleekim Drive were named in 1976, while housing was developed at Cleikiminfield and Cleikiminrig, on the site of the original farm, in the 1980s.


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