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Inverleith

A leafy and prosperous district of N Edinburgh that takes its name from the Inverleith Estate, which was the property of the Rocheid family. Inverleith House (1774) now lies at the centre of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. With Stockbridge and the Water of Leith to the south and bounded by Ferry Road in the north, Inverleith lies between Fettes in the west and Goldenacre and Warriston on the east. Characterised by large green spaces, Inverleith now comprises a popular conservation area. The area includes the substantial Inverleith Park, laid out in 1889, with its playing fields and allotments, together with Edinburgh Academy's sports pitches at Newfield Recreation Ground. Inverleith Rugby Football Club have a clubhouse and pitch to the north. The governing body of Scottish Rugby bought land here in 1897 and international matches were played at Inverleith until 1925, when they transferred to Murrayfield Stadium.

Union House on Inverleith Terrace, was built as a Christian Science church to the designs of Ramsay Traquair in 1911. It later became St. Colm's Education Centre & College for the Church of Scotland, but now serves as commercial offices. Tanfield represents a large office development, built in the late 1980s for the Standard Life Assurance Company on what had been an industrial site.


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