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The former village of Slateford lies on the Lanark Road where it crosses the Water of Leith 1/4 of a mile south west of Slateford Station. The name "Slateford" comes from local rock found in the area and the old fording point on the Water of Leith that the village grew round. In 1882 it had a post office with money order savings bank and telegraph departments, a Police Station, a Good Templars Hall, School, U.P. Church and the extensive bleachfields of Inglis Green. The village was crossed by the Union Canal Slateford Aqueduct in 1822 and a few years later the 14 arch viaduct carrying the Caledonian railway line. The situe of the Canal, Road and Rail bridges capture all three modes of transport together still to this day. In 1952 and later in 1967 major road widening projects removed all but a few of the original cottages, though Slateford House, School (Now the headquarters and visitor centre for the Water of Leith conservation trust), and Church (used as a warehouse) still stand today.
Lothian Buses operate six routes to the area:
4 Hillend – Oxgangs – Slateford Station – Haymarket – Princes Street – Meadowbank – Northfield – Bingham – The Jewel
20 ASDA Chesser – Longstone – Kingsknowe – Wester Hailes – The Calders – Bankhead – Hermiston Gait – Edinburgh Park – Gyle Centre - Ratho
44/44A Balerno – Currie - Slateford Station – Haymarket – Princes Street – Meadowbank – Willowbrae - Brunstane – Musselburgh – Wallyford
34 Riccarton – Sighthill – Longstone – Slateford Station – Fountainbridge – Princes Street – Lochend – Leith – Ocean Terminal
Skylink 300 Edinburgh Airport – Ingliston Park & Ride – RBS Headquarters - Gyle Centre - Sighthill – Chesser – Fountainbridge – Canongate – Easter Road - Leith – Ocean Terminal
N44 Balerno – Currie - Slateford Station – Haymarket – Princes Street – Elm Row
- George Farm – former Scotland, Blackpool and Queen of the South F.C. goalkeeper and Scottish Cup winning manager with Dunfermline Athletic.
- Sir Chris Hoy – Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist, grew up in Slateford.
- Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
- Ryley, Tim. "Encouraging Bicycle Use in Residential Neighbourhoods: Insights from Edinburgh" (PDF). 5th Cycling and Society Symposium UWE 2008: Bicycle use in residential neighbourhoods. University of the West of England. Retrieved 25 February 2013.