History of the Garden: Scotland’s Urban Past (OLD WEBSITE)

Since 2013 residents in North Edinburgh have been researching and gathering pieces of evidence making up the puzzling story of Granton’s ‘lost’ medieval garden. This led to its relisting and recognition by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016. with our research and findings incorporated into the statement of special interest for this regionally important walled garden. Listed Building record LB28139 

Who built Granton castle, what happened to it and where exactly was it?  
What would have been grown at the walled garden in Mary Queen of Scots’ time? 
Who was King William the Lion and what on earth did he have to do with Granton?  

Just a few of the intriguing questions we have tried to answer over the last few years. Brilliant advice and help from the Scotland’s Urban Past team back in 2015 allowed us to map the historic footprint of the missing castle and develop some field archaeology and cartography skills.
Exhibition designers are now working on the final SUP exhibition being held in several locations around Scotland from May to August 2019

Many archives have been accessed by group members as each thread of information was followed up and new finds made, even at the garden itself with the walls revealing their story of change. Last spring the foundation of the castle lookout tower was excavated and rare charter references discovered, dating the Granton Estate back to 1160’s and the era of King William the Lion and the first sheriff of Edinburgh.

Want to help bring history to life at the secret garden? Get in touch at grantongarden@gmail.com, write to us or come along to one of our monthly open days to find out more.