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Newcraighall shown within Edinburgh
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Newcraighall (Scots: Newcraighauch, Scottish Gaelic: Talla na Creige Nuadh) is a southeastern suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. A former mining village, its prosperity was based on the Midlothian coalfields and in particular the now closed Monktonhall pit. The village had a miners club (demolished after a fire on 15th July 2009) and bowling green. Newcraighall now plays host to an out of town shopping complex known as The Fort or Kinnaird Park.
Newcraighall railway station is the terminus for the short Edinburgh Crossrail service from Edinburgh Waverley via Brunstane. This line uses the northern stub of the former Waverley Route from Carlisle to Edinburgh and although mostly lifted, the Scottish Parliament approved a Bill in June 2006 to reopen the railway from Newcraighall to just south of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The line could see its first passenger journeys in 2014, 45 years after closure (Closed 5 January 1969) following the Beeching report in 1963.
Newcraighall was the setting for the film My childhood by Bill Douglas, There is a plaque to Bill Douglas in the village. The village also contains the bridge that is the famous scene from the film. The village also contains a sculpture by Jake Harvey which celebrates the mining tradition of the area. On Newcraighall Road is The Craigmillar Arts Centre, with a Woman of Achievement plaque for Helen Crummy. She has lived in Newcraighall for many years.
- List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
- Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
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