A residential hamlet in Midlothian, Edgehead is located 1¼ miles (2 km) northwest of Pathhead and a similar distance east of Mayfield. It owes its linear nature to its position on a section of Dere Street, the Roman road that ran from York to Edinburgh. Once known as Chesterhill, houses were built here in the 19th C. for the employees of Edgehead Colliery, a drift mine which once lay in Windmill Wood to the northwest. This was established by the Earl of Stair in the middle of the 19th C. but closed in 1959. The vernacular-style cottages which comprise the hamlet are of one or, less-often, two storeys. Edgehead was designated as a Conservation Area in 1982. There were once a few shops and a school, but these have closed although the settlement was greatly extended in the early 21st C. Windmill Wood takes its name from the Old Windmill, a distinctive round building dating from the 18th C. which once milled winter feed for farm animals, but was converted to steam power in 1848. It is now B-listed and has been extended to form a private residence.

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