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Gowkshill


Midlothian

A settlement in Midlothian, which lies between Gorebridge and Newtongrange, Gowkshill was developed to the north of Gowkshill Farm as a row of cottages in the middle of the 19th C. to accommodate miners working in the nearby Lingerwood Colliery. It is shown on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1854 as Red Row, but by the Second Edition of 1895 is recorded as Gowkshill Row. By the late 1930s, the row were being demolished and replaced by a larger development of flatted public-housing blocks. Many have now been sold under right-to-buy legislation.

Gowkshill Farm remains to the south, while St. Andrews Roman Catholic Primary School is located to the southeast, next to the site of the former Greenhall High School, which closed in 1993. To the east, Gowkshill Enclosure is identified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


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