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Pre Dean Gardens
Pre Dean Gardens
An early depiction of the Dean Valley and St Bernard's Well. The image is set in a lovely (if rather rose-tinted) romantic Italian landscape style.
Early Water of Leith View
Early Water of Leith View
The Dean Valley with St George's Well and St Bernard's Well in the background. Then the Water of Leith was very unpredictable; a trickle to a torrent and back.
Dean Valley Early 1870's
Dean Valley Early 1870's
The wall featured in the Dean Gardens has long gone; possibly an early boundary. To the right of the pathway is 'The Great Lade' about 2 miles long powering various mills.
Establishing the Dean Gardens
Establishing the Dean Gardens
Dean Gardens being laid-out just after 1870. There has been no fundamental change to the layout of the pathways since.
Gardens in the Shade
Gardens in the Shade
Middle Walk with its avenue of elm trees about 1980. Sunlight was not as prevalent in the Gardens before disease attacked most of the elms that then dominated.
Wooded Middle Walk in Winter
Wooded Middle Walk in Winter
Middle Walk flanked by two rows of mature elms; as viewed on a snowy day in the late 1970s.
Wooded River Walk in Winter
Wooded River Walk in Winter
This view from the late 1970s includes the row of mature elms that extended for much of the river bank.
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