A short History lesson. Pay attention and please sit up straight, you at the back.

Dean Village (from dene, meaning ‘deep valley’) was known as the “Water of Leith Village” and had been a successful grain milling hamlet for more than 800 years.

At one time there had been no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.

The ‘Mylnes of Dene‘ were listed in the King David I Charters.


The massive West Mill across the river from Number 17.


The date 1805 on the West Mill facade refers to a re-building, for there were mills here much earlier.


Originally the river provided power in its twenty-three miles for over seventy watermills, a higher work output than any other river in Scotland.


Taken by Thomas Vernon Begbie in the late 1850’s.


Taken by Jimbo early 2007.


Walking up The Dean path you’ll see this sign on the left.

It leads down a flight of stairs to an open area that obviously was the official gathering place for all the people who lived in this hamlet.


2 Responses to “A short History lesson. Pay attention and please sit up straight, you at the back.”

  1. tim maguire Says:

    My earlier comments apply to all your work, but you’ve really found some fantastic moments of light down in the Dene: and given me an insight to the history of the place i didn’t know.

  2. Krom the Kreator Says:

    I love the history lessons and photos. Excellent work. I hope you continue to do more of it. Then put it in a photoblook in blurb.com or lulu.com and I’ll get a copy 🙂

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