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25 photos that chart the history of the old St James Centre in Edinburgh

With the £1bn St James complex taking shape, we take a look back at the shopping centre's history.

From a Prime Minister's visits to a 90s refurbishment, how well do you know the St James Centre?

Work continues on the St James Square development (later to be called St James Centre) in 1971. Picture taken looking in to Leith Street from the junction with Waterloo Place and Princes Street.

5. Work continues

Work continues on the St James Square development (later to be called St James Centre) in 1971. Picture taken looking in to Leith Street from the junction with Waterloo Place and Princes Street.
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The first section of the 100,000 footbridge linking the St James centre with Calton Hill being manoeuvred into position by a 200 ton crane in June 1975.

6. Footbridge build

The first section of the 100,000 footbridge linking the St James centre with Calton Hill being manoeuvred into position by a 200 ton crane in June 1975.
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Shops in Princes Street Edinburgh were closing down regularly in 1981, due to a combination of high rates and poor trade. This branch of John Collier relocated to the cheaper St James Centre.

7. Shops relocated from Princes Street

Shops in Princes Street Edinburgh were closing down regularly in 1981, due to a combination of high rates and poor trade. This branch of John Collier relocated to the cheaper St James Centre.
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The Queen and Lord Provost John Miller outside St James Centre in Edinburgh in July 1975. The picture was taken after Queen opened New St Andrews House.

8. Visit from the Queen

The Queen and Lord Provost John Miller outside St James Centre in Edinburgh in July 1975. The picture was taken after Queen opened New St Andrews House.
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