Newcraighall

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Newcraighall
Scots: Newcraighauch
Newcraighall is located in Edinburgh
Newcraighall
Newcraighall
 Newcraighall shown within Edinburgh
Council area City of Edinburgh
Lieutenancy area Edinburgh
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MUSSELBURGH
Postcode district EH21
Dialling code 0131
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EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Edinburgh East
Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Southern
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Coordinates: 55°56′04″N 3°05′20″W / 55.934469°N 3.0888°W / 55.934469; -3.0888

Newcraighall (Scots: Newcraighauch,[1] Scottish Gaelic: Talla na Creige Nuadh)[2] is a southeastern suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. A former mining village, its prosperity was based on the Midlothian coalfields. The Newcraighall pit was known as 'Klondyke' and closed in the 1960s, work transferring to nearby Bilston Glen and in particular the last-to-close (1998) Monktonhall pit. The village had a church, a Co-op and a miners club (demolished after a fire on 15 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 Tweedbank just south of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The line is commissioned (June 2015) and should see its first passenger journeys on 6th Sept 2015, 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
  2. ^ Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland

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