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According to Stuart Harris in The Place Names Of Edinburgh the "Black-" in the placename could derive either from the Anglian blaec or Scots blac meaning simply black, and the "-hall" ending is from the Anglian halh or Scots haugh meaning land beside or in the bend of a river.
There is also evidence that the street name "March Road" is derived from "Marsh Road", as the area was bog and wetland hundreds of years ago. Nowadays Blackhall is a mainly residential area with amenities including a library and a small number of shops. Most of the housing in the neighbourhood was constructed in the inter-war period, although the recent housing boom has seen new development on the northern slope of Corstorphine Hill. This development went ahead despite considerable opposition from the local community and an unusual planning quirk which allowed the development to go ahead based on forty-year-old outline permission. Blackhall has numerous community and church-based groups including a bowling club, two Probus groups, and a horticultural society. There is a local community council, Craigleith/Blackhall, that serves the area.
- Edinburgh and Leith Post Office directory 1911-12
- Bartholomew's Chronological map of Edinburgh (1919)
- Blackhall St. Columba's Church
- Blackhall Community Web Site
- Blackhall Primary School
- Royal High School