The World’s End is so named because the building reuses part of the foundations of the Flodden wall at the Netherbow Port, a defensive gateway which once stood across the Royal Mile at this point, separating the Old Town from the Canongate. The area inside the Netherbow Gate became known as the World’s End because, for many residents this was where their world ended.
Unfortunately the pub is also infamous as the place where two 17 year old friends (Helen Scott and Christine Eadie) were last seen before their bodies were found dumped in October 1977.
The trial of suspect Angus Sinclair took place in August 2007, 30 years after the killings took place, but collapsed due to insufficient evidence.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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