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Stories of Old Gilmerton

Stories of Old Gilmerton

“Time is changing that much that you really need to record those changes.” 

“It was good to meet people from round about. Loved the stories.” 

Gilmerton village has a unique cultural history stretching back to the 13th century Scottish Wars of Independence. Now part of the growing City of Edinburgh, Gilmerton is perhaps best known for its coal mining history. The local Brosie pit was at one time one of the deepest in Scotland. The village also has many fine old buildings and cultural events and customs that are fondly remembered by local people. 

In October 2010 the WEA set up a local history in Gilmerton Community Centre for residents to share their knowledge and stories of the village’s history and its people. This booklet shows a community that continues to change but one that has been loved and is loved by the people who know it best.

Download Stories of Old Gilmerton here.


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