Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 5

At the point where Canongate becomes High Street there once stood the Netherbow Port, a fortified gateway between Edinburgh and the Canongate, which was removed in 1764 to improve traffic flow – I was amazed when I read this as the reason as I tend to associate improving traffic flow with the late 20th Century. Following the English victory over the Scots at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, a city wall was built around Edinburgh known as the Flodden Wall, some parts of which survive. The Netherbow Port was a gateway in this wall and brass studs in the road mark its former position.

On the High Street stands the John Knox House reputed to have been owned and lived in by the Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century. Although the house bears his name, Knox almost certainly lived in Warriston Close where a plaque indicates the approximate site of his actual residence. The John Knox house dates from around 1490 and is the oldest tenement house surviving in Edinburgh. The interior has painted ceilings and an exhibition about Knox’s life and work as the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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