How much do you know about the history of the street names of Stockbridge?
How much do you know about the history of the street names of Stockbridge?

Stockbridge and Comely Bank Street Names History: Here are the stories behind 10 of the roads in the Edinburgh neighbourhoods - from Ann Street to Malta Terrace

They are road names that many Edinburgh residents are familiar with – and each has an interesting story behind it.

Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 4:22 pm

Edinburgh has a fascinating history dating back thousands of years, with evidence of a settlement in the Cramond area from around 8500 BC.

The city’s name comes from ‘Eidyn’, the name for the region in Cumbric – the Brittonic language spoken in the Northern England and Lowland Scotland in the Middle Ages.

At this time a stronghold on Castle Rock was called Din Eidyn, literally meaning ‘the hillfort of Eidyn’. As the Scots language evolved, the Din was replaced by ‘burh’, creating Edinburgh.

And there are plenty more clues to the Capital’s complex past in the names of the streets, roads, and lanes that make up the city, all of which come from a multitude of languages, backgrounds and people.

The name Stockbridge itself dates back to at least the first half of the 18th century and comes from the Scots ‘stock brig’, referring to a wooden footbridge that presumably crossed the Water of Leith.

Here are the stories behind 10 of the road names in the neighbourhood and the surrounding areas.

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