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Here are 8 images of Edinburgh’s Jacob’s Ladder which has been given a £150,000 makeover

Its origins as Edinburgh’s “stairway to heaven” date as far back to the 18th century when it was deployed as a route for burial processions.

But now the 140-step Jacob’s Ladder, a shortcut between the city’s Old and New Towns, has been reborn after a £150,000 makeover. It was almost abandoned in modern times due to its derelict and unsafe condition, but the refurb has removed overgrown vegetation and unsightly graffiti and the route has been lit up for the first time. Here are some pictures - both old and new - of the historic pathway.

Two women walk down the newly-refurbished Jacob's Ladder. Picture: Tom Duffin

1. Revamped Route

Two women walk down the newly-refurbished Jacob's Ladder. Picture: Tom Duffin
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The stairs, which link Regent Road to New Street, in 2012. Pic: Greg Macvean

2. 2012

The stairs, which link Regent Road to New Street, in 2012. Pic: Greg Macvean
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A black and white image of an overgrown Jacob's Ladder which links the Old and New town. Pic: TSPL

3. Overgrown

A black and white image of an overgrown Jacob's Ladder which links the Old and New town. Pic: TSPL
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Jacob's Ladder reopens after refurbishment by Edinburgh World Heritage. The steps join Edinburgh's Old and New Towns by connecting Regent Road and Calton Road.  Pic: Tom Duffin

4. Edinburgh View

Jacob's Ladder reopens after refurbishment by Edinburgh World Heritage. The steps join Edinburgh's Old and New Towns by connecting Regent Road and Calton Road. Pic: Tom Duffin
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