Ardmillan

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Ardmillan is a mainly residential suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Location[edit]

The boundary north of Ardmillan is bordered by the area of Dalry. To the west is the area of Gorgie, and to the east is the area of Fountainbridge. Polwarth and North Merchiston are to the south of Ardmillan.

Name[edit]

The name means the "high bare place" in Scottish Gaelic (Aird a' Mhaolain).

History and Architecture[edit]

The area contains many tenements as well as "Diggers" pub, so called because the gravediggers from the large graveyard in the Ardmillan-Dalry area would go in there after work. Another pub in the area, the Caledonian Sample Room, is often mistakenly assumed to be owned by Caledonian brewery (actually it is owned by Punch Taverns).

Ardmillan has two churches. The first is St Michael's Parish Church, which is an ecumenical church. Building of the church began in 1879 and was completed for services in 1883.[1]

There is also an old congregation of Wesleyan Methodists in the area.

Ardmillan is also home to a large, modern health centre called Ardmillan House. The health centre is the location of the South East Scotland Breast Screening Centre.[2][3]

On the southern boundary with North Merchiston is a large public park - Harrison Park.[4] The origins of the park lie with a public purchase of land by Edinburgh City Council in 1886, with additional land expanding the park being bought in 1930.[5]

Coordinates: 55°56.28′N 3°13.55′W / 55.93800°N 3.22583°W / 55.93800; -3.22583

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Church History". St Michael's Parish Church. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  2. ^ "New scanner at Breast Clinic". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Breast Screening". NHS Lothian. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Harrison Park". Edinburgh City Council. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Park History". Friends of Harrison Park. Retrieved 2016-10-22.